Geology

Geology Overview

Geology is quite simply the scientific study of the Earth. Our rich curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of Earth history and the physical processes that mold and shape the Earth. We offer a wide variety of courses that address all aspects of geology including Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Petroleum Geology, and Hydrology. 

Information for Prospective Majors

Geophysics students analyze seismic refraction data

The Geology program at the University of South Alabama prepares graduates to enter the scientific workforce or to continue their studies at graduate school. All of our students receive extensive hands-on training through multiple field trips conducted in diverse geological regions including northern Alabama, Texas, and New Mexico. Our courses also take advantage of the University of South Alabama's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. We are located less than an hour away from some of the World's most spectacular modern depositional environments (e.g., Dauphin Island, Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and Mobile Bay). Several of our faculty members conduct research in this area (and elsewhere) and invite undergraduates to participate with them.

Course sizes are small, which allows faculty to provide individual attention, and all of our courses are taught by faculty members. Students are guided by our experienced faculty advisors and will also receive personalized advice on seeking careers or pursuing graduate research opportunities following graduation. We maintain close contact with many of our alumni who are currently employed in the mining, petroleum, environmental, water supply, and research fields.

If you would like additional information about our program, please contact one our faculty members.