The Geology Department at USU 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.
The Department consists of 14 faculty, 1 lecturer, 2 lab managers, 30 graduate
students and some 60 undergraduate students. Research funding is robust with in
excess of $3M 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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