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Our Mission

A bird's eye view of Geology faculty, staff and students stand on the quad. Taken by Melanie Callihan with an unmanned aerial system (UAS).
A bird's eye view of Geology faculty, staff and students on the quad. The photo was taken by Melanie Callihan with an unmanned aerial system (UAS).

The Department of Geology provides the highest-quality teaching and research opportunities to the people of the State of Georgia, the scientific community, and the world. Our goal is to educate undergraduate and graduate students, businesses, government, and the public through excellence in teaching, research, and service. We emphasize studies in Crust and Mantle Dynamics, Earth Systems History, Environmental Geosciences, and Geoarchaeology. In these areas, we pursue the understanding of geological processes, the optimal use of earth resources, and the reconstruction of earth's history to illuminate its future.


Prospective Students

Prospective Undergraduate Students

The Geology Department offers a broad curriculum that prepares students for more advanced graduate study in geosciences and for employment immediately after graduation.

Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Geology offers graduate degrees at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Our departmental research interests are wide-ranging and include these research areas. Learn more about our current program or click here for application and funding information.



Featured Content

Latest News

The excess gas paradox at volcanoes: does CO2 favor gas accumulation in mafic magmas?
Seeking a highly motivated PhD-level graduate student to investigate the factors that control the competition between gas retention and release in magmas, which, in turn, influence how volcanoes erupt.
  Dr. Schroeder is featured in Reynolds Living Magazine about some rocks in Georgia.  

Upcoming Events


Geology Colloquium - GG Building 200A or via Zoom
Ted Lord,

Geology Colloquium - GG Building 200A or via Zoom
Dr. Clark Alexander, (Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)

Geology Colloquium - GG Building 200A or via Zoom

Your gift helps to fund research, travel, and field experience for students and faculty.

UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program


Co-sponsored by the University of Georgia Geology Department, Honors Program, and Recreational Sports. The Interdisciplinary Field Program encompasses Geology, Anthropology, and Ecology in a unique and exciting "open-air" classroom that travels throughout the western United States in eight weeks. 


A student sits on a rock at Angel's Landing Rest Zion National Park, UT 2016. Photo by Xiao Ta. UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program.

Cañon City Field School


The Cañon City Field School is the capstone experience of our undergraduate program in geology and includes the field application of our core geology courses. Field work is concentrated in the Cañon City area, where the geology is dominated by Laramide uplift and subsequent erosion along the Rocky Mountain Front.


Students starting the mapping project in Cannon City, Colorado - Geology Canon City Field School.