• Upcoming Events


    Alumni Field Trip Friday, October 17th at 9:00 AM

    Alumni Dinner Friday, October 17th at 6:00 PM

    RSVP by October 1st

    Geology 491R/591R   Seminar Speakers       C295 ESC @ 11

    September 18
    Jennifer Honda

    September 25
    Grad Students

    October 9
    Stefan Kirby

    October 16
    Greg Hebertson

    October 23
    Hannes Leetaru

    October 30
    Tom Morris

    November 13
    Bart Kowallis

    November 20
    Steven Fellows

    November 27

    Geology 410 - May 4th through June 13


  • LiDAR Scan

    Undergraduate Jacob Lee setting up a ground-based LiDAR scan of Nugget Sandstone of northeastern Utah to study water level fluctuations of a Late Triassic oasis.  Dinosaurs and other animals died during a drought and were buried along the shoreline of the oasis at what is now the Saints & Sinners dinosaur quarry.


  • Bahamas May 2014

    The annual BYU Hamblin Global Geology field trip was held on Andros Island, the Bahamas.  It was led by Scott Ritter, John McBride, Dave Tingey, and Jani Radebaugh, and had about 30 participants.  We learned a ton and spent plenty of time in, under and just above the water. 

  • Supervolcanoes

    Brigham Young University geologists found evidence of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in earth's history right in their own backyard

  • Natural Disaster Prevention in Indonesia

    Geology professor Dr Harris and his research team in Indonesia working on his project titled "In Harms Way."

  • Mike Dorais

    Turning history to stone with a single gaze

Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Geological Sciences is to assist students and faculty in understanding the discipline of geology as comprehensively as possible through effective teaching, research, and best-practice application of geological principles in solving geology-related societal problems.

Department Overview


The geological sciences consist of a number of disciplines aimed at understanding the earth's origin and development and the natural processes that have operated upon it and within it from the time of the formation of the solar system. With the development of remote sensing technology and the exploration of the solar system by spacecraft, geological sciences have become increasingly important for understanding not only the earth but the moon, other planets and their moons, and small bodies that orbit the sun.