Dig into Geology
In the Department of Geology we offer programs leading to bachelor's degrees in Geology and Earth Science, as well as graduate master’s and Ph.D. degrees with focused research; MAT and MST degrees for teachers in secondary schools and community colleges; graduate certificates in hydrogeology, engineering and environmental geology for professional development; and minors in Computer Applications, Environmental Geology, and Space and Planetary Science.
The Pacific Northwest truly is a geological paradise and a great place to learn and do Earth Science. There are over 25 extinct volcanoes and volcanic vents within the city limits and we can see three active volcanoes, including Mount Saint Helens, from the city. The Columbia River Gorge provides a fantastically beautiful location to study the Columbia River flood Basalts and to see the impacts of the great glacial outburst floods from glacial Lake Missoula. There are also renowned geologic features along Oregon’s scenic coast.
Our faculty are leading researchers in diverse topics including basin analysis, geochemistry, geomechanics, geomorphology, geothermal, glaciology, hydrogeology, mantle dynamics, meteorites, paleoseismology, STEM education, structural and igneous petrology, tectonics, and volcanology.
Our department regularly works with community partners including the City of Portland, the state Departments of Water Resources and Environmental Quality, local consulting firms, and K-12 institutions across Oregon.