About the Geosciences Department

SUU Geosciences Building

The Department of Geosciences at Southern Utah University provides teaching, research, and service regarding Earth’s processes and properties. We provide high quality interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students within Geosciences (Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science) to gain relevant knowledge and skills that enable students to achieve their professional goals and help solve the resource and environmental challenges facing the state, nation, and world.


We focus on field-oriented instruction that takes advantage of our spectacular location and complement that instruction with state-of-the-art laboratories and computer software. Students can earn Degrees, Minors, and Certificates in Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science.


We study Earth’s processes and properties and its connections to other sciences and society. Students have many opportunities to engage in research with our team of interdisciplinary scientists to address issues of local relevance and international importance. Our focus on undergraduate research provides students with opportunities that propel them towards careers or further graduate studies.


We are committed to the belief that one of the university’s main roles in society is to help create a scientifically informed community. Consequently, our faculty and students provide outreach and actively engage with the local and regional community to provide service to the community and help them learn more about the environment in which they live. If you are interested in outreach engagement with the Geosciences Department, please see the Faculty and Staff page for contact information, and check out the News and Social Media on the Geosciences Department. You can also contact us through the rock, mineral, and fossil identification form.

Explore Earth, Together

The SUU Geosciences Department is committed to growth, and that includes fostering an academic environment for all students interested in our classes and academic programs. Geosciences disciplines are integral in the discovery of new natural resources, the development of emerging technologies, maintenance of social and economic resilience in the face of natural hazards and climate change, repair of past environmental damage and restoration of historic environments, and the improvement of our understanding of the complex dynamics of both ancient and modern systems. Though the Earth is not new, geoscientists always need unique people to learn about the Earth and generate and test new ideas! A variety of perspectives is crucial to a society that depends on extraction and sustained use of natural resources with limited damage to the cultures and ecosystems that we value. To achieve this goal, the Geosciences Department works to maintain a curriculum and pedagogy that recruits, retains, and empowers all students. We value a culture of respect between all faculty, staff, and students, where all are welcome to follow their interests in the geosciences and the many potential careers in geoscience disciplines. Our majors and certificates thus are designed to accommodate a wide range of interests, academic backgrounds, and abilities, including research experience tailored to individual student’s aspirations.