What is Geology?

What is Geology? It is a science that is still young enough to have exciting, unanswered questions, but mature enough to make use of all the sophistication and rigor that one can bring to bear!

Geological phenomena affect our daily lives, as well as the future of our planet. Fundamental knowledge in the Earth and planetary sciences has a direct bearing on matters of urgent interest to the public, to policy makers, and to other scientists. The threats of a major earthquake in California, a volcanic eruption in the northwestern U.S., or an asteroid impact are ever present. A naturally fluctuating climate is being modified by human activities in ways that we don’t understand with consequences that we cannot predict.

Field observations and field trips play an important part of the undergraduate experience.  These can occur during classroom time or labs,  and are enhanced greatly through departmental  or Geo Club field trips.Field observations and field trips play an important part of the undergraduate experience. These can occur during classroom time or labs, and are enhanced greatly through departmental or Geo Club field trips.

Every effort is made to create the best opportunities for interested undergrads to experience hands-on lab time.Every effort is made to create the best opportunities for interested undergrads to experience hands-on lab time.

Theoretical modeling is another powerful tool students and faculty alike use to analyse  geological materials to make predictions or extrapolate theories about past geologic events.Theoretical modeling is another powerful tool students and faculty alike use to analyse geological materials to make predictions or extrapolate theories about past geologic events.