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The geology program at SUU takes advantage of some of the most diverse geology in North America. SUU is located near 10 national parks and monuments, is proximal to world class paleontological resources and offers examples of nearly 2 billion years of geologic history within a 100 mile radius. These resources allow SUU geology students to become involved in a variety of cutting edge research projects, which greatly enhances future employment and educational opportunities. Many of our graduates continue their education in some of the finest geology graduate programs in the country.


  • Nearly 100% acceptance rate into graduate programs.
  • Opportunities to participate in local and international research projects.
  • Strong field-based education in an area with some of the most diverse geology in North America.
  • Strong educational partnerships with national parks, mining companies, governmental agencies and other entities.


Because geology is such a wide ranging science, graduates can find employment in a variety of career paths. Some possibilities include: oil and gas exploration/ production, alternative energy development, minerals exploration/production, national parks, resource management, petroleum or mining industries, environmental, geotechnical or engineering companies, education and research.


In addition to the ideal geographic location of SUU’s campus, students have access to labs and equipment that include a scanning electron microscope, research grade petrographic microscopes, an X-ray diffractometer, a well equipped sample preparation lab, a GIS computer lab and a well equipped undergraduate research lab.


  • SUU Geology Club
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Sarah Spears

Graduated: Class of 2006

Current job: Graduate Student, University of Kansas,
Majoring in Geology, specializing in vertebrate paleontology

"The Geology program at SUU successfully prepares students for a research-oriented world by encouraging them to do their own research and present it at professional conferences. Also, SUU is located in an ideal locale for field geology, with numerous opportunities to conduct hands-on research. My experience in the SUU Geology program is something that I would never trade."

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