About the Department

geology students in the field

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, Geophysics, and Hydrogeology.

The B.S. in Geological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  Accreditation ensures that the program has clearly articulated Program Educational Objectives for graduates, directly assessable Student Outcomes for program majors, and publicly available  enrollment and graduation data.


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. Research specialties include Earth and planetary surface processes, geodynamics, volcanology, geochemistry, petrology, earthquakes and seismology, mineral and energy resources, hydrology and hydrogeology.

At a Glance

Degrees Offered:


  • Tenure-track 9 + 2 starting Jan 2020
  • Lecturer 1
  • Research 1
  • Post-Doc 1

Students (2018 Census)

  • Undergraduate 145
  • Masters 25
  • Doctoral 26

Department Chair

Dr. Wendy Calvin