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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.

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

UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program

A student sites on a rock at Angel's Landing Rest Zion National Park, UT 2016 photo by Xiao Ta
A student sits on a rock at Angel's Landing Rest Zion National Park, UT 2016. Photo by Xiao Ta. 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. 

Our Graduate Program

Graduate students assort samples during Kamchatka Geology research.
Graduate students assort samples during Kamchatka Geology research.

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. Our faculty and students are engaged in research in diverse settings, including Italy, Kamchatka, the Bahamas, the Antilles, the Cordillera, as well as in the southeast. Learn more about our current program or click here for application and funding information.