The Department of Geology at Utah State University focuses on research and education on Planet Earth. This includes a diversity of topics dealing with the evolution of the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. Faculty and students conduct research in geochemistry, geomorphology, geophysics, hydrology, paleobiology, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure, and tectonics, among other disciplines. Most research programs are strongly field based. Follow this link to see the USU Department of Geology Mission Statement.

The Department consists of fifteen faculty, one instructor, two laboratory managers, thirty graduate students, and some seventy undergraduate students. Research funding is robust in excess of $3,000,000 generated per year. The Department is supported in its endeavors by an enthusiastic Advisory Board comprised of alumni drawn from a broad spectrum of industry, government agencies, and academia. A number of recruiters from the petroleum and other extractive industries visit the campus each year.

About the Field

The science of geology examines earth materials, processes, and history. Geologists search for petroleum, natural gas, and mineral resources. They study processes acting at the Earth’s surface, such as flooding and landslides, and those generated in the interior, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Geologists study the history of our planet, including the evolution of life and changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and climate over time. Geologists are employed by the petroleum and mining industries, government agencies (geologic surveys, park service, and land management agencies), K-12 education, and academia.

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