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About the Department

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About the Department

The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering boasts an impressive collection of academic expertise, research prowess and student success. As part of the world-renowned Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering within Nevada's College of Science, the department benefits from collaborative partners including the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, the Nevada Seismological Lab and the Department of Mining Engineering.

Degree Programs

The Geology Department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Geology, Geophysics, Geological Engineering and Hydrogeology. In addition, we offer minors in Geology and Geophysics.


Department faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students pursue field, laboratory, experimental, and modeling studies of geological and environmental problems around the world. The department's excellent facilities and technical personnel support a range of methods and the department's ideal location also provides ready access to the many natural laboratories of Nevada, California and the western United States.

At a Glance

Degrees Offered:


  • Tenure-track 13
  • Research 1
  • Post-Doc 1


  • Undergraduate 190
  • Masters 25
  • Doctoral 26

Department Chair

Dr. Wendy Calvin

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