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KU Geology

KU Geology educates future geoscientists and drives cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing some of Earth’s most pressing issues impacting humanity.

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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the department, including information about Field Camp!

Virtual Tour

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Support KU Geology

The rich student experiences that set KU Geology apart continue to be supported at every level by donor generosity. Learn how your giving allows our dedicated faculty and talented graduate & undergraduate students to excel in the classroom, lab, and field.

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Degrees Offered

KU Geology is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are inspired by a collaborative and multidisciplinary mission to undertake scientific discovery that benefits society.

Our program is large enough to be led by world-renowned faculty with expertise in areas that span the geosciences, from energy to the environment, volcanology to the cryosphere, microbes to ancient rock, and more.

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Facilities and Labs

Explore the Earth, Energy, and Environment Center. The Department of Geology shares this extraordinary building with Petroleum Engineering, resulting in a highly collaborative, closely integrated space in which we are together undertaking groundbreaking energy and environment research and education.

The Department faculty also operate several labs and instruments that serve individual Geology students and researchers, as well as other KU researchers and researchers outside KU.


News from the Department

Q&A with Michael Taylor, professor of geology

LAWRENCE — A group of geology graduate students recently traveled to Nepal — home to eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains — to explore compelling research questions about how these landforms change over time.

KGS Scientist, Partners Reveive NSF Funding to Expand Program to Reduce Barriers in STEM Occupations

LAWRENCE — A National Science Foundation grant will allow a researcher from the Kansas Geological Survey and her collaborators at seven other institutions to expand the reach of a program designed to reduce hostile workplace climate barriers that individuals face when entering STEM occupations.

Kansas Geological Survey Scientists Collaborate on Project to Identify Unmarked Graves in Local Cemetary

LAWRENCE — A joint project of the Kansas Geological Survey, Douglas County Historical Society’s Oak Hill Cemetery Program Committee and Watkins Museum of History aims to uncover and memorialize the stories of hundreds of people interred in Oak Hill Cemetery’s potter’s field from the 1860s through

For 100 years, KU’s Colorado field station provides geology students with valuable hands-on experience

Every year, KU Geology students take part in a century-long tradition – learning geology in a remote, mountainous area 35 miles north of Cañon City, Colorado. 

KU Geology Events