From dynamic and hazardous natural processes to environmental and geographic change, geology is concerned with the structure and composition of Earth, as well as the processes that have shaped it over time. Geologists are needed to locate resources ranging from groundwater to geothermal energy to hydrocarbons. Specialists are needed to predict, prevent and remediate geological hazards such as beach erosion, earthquakes and flooding.
With the Department of Geology, you can tailor your course schedule to suit your interests, needs and goals. Select the classes you want to take, and participate in undergraduate research with your professors — or on your own — in our state-of-the-art facilities.
Whether you’re hiking through the Colorado Rocky Mountains with your classmates or conducting field work with your professors in New Zealand, our summer field course allows you to explore extraordinary geological environments.
In Colorado, you'll study at locations such as the Continental Divide, Dinosaur Ridge, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mt. Evans and Red Rocks Park.
In New Zealand, you will explore sites such as the geothermal fields at Rotorua and Taupo, Tongariro Volcano, Waitomo Caves, Abel-Tasman National Park, the Southern Alps and Tasman Glacier.
As an undergraduate, you will have opportunities to work with professors on their research and present your own research findings at the University’s annual Stander Symposium. You can also participate in various department activities like Environmental Science Week, Field Trip to Planet Earth and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national honor society for the earth sciences.
As an undergraduate, you can also earn a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is the science of displaying and analyzing any feature or variable that can be shown on a map, from geologic formations to bodies of contaminated groundwater in an aquifer.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".