• 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.


  • Hansen Scholarship

    To apply complete the online application  and submit high school transcripts with two letters of recommendation to the Brigham Young University Department of Geological Sciences.

    All applications are due by February 15 to the Department of Geological Sciences.

  • Vandalized dinosaur fossil to become a teaching tool

    A fossil damaged by vandals has been removed from its place so it can be used as a teaching tool.

  • 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. 

  • Science as Storytelling

    An article by Barry R. Bickmore and David A. Grandy published by BYU Studies Quarterly. 

    Much of our modern world revolves around something called "science." But what is science? In this essay, the authors present their own definition. Read full article here

    Courtesy of https://byustudies.byu.edu

  • On Giant Dino Nose to Rule Them All

    Utah may be known as the Beehive State today, but approximately 75 million years ago, it was home to a more “nosey” creature. Click here to learn more!

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.