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Department of Geology


Department Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Department of Geology to deliver excellence in teaching, research, and service so that our students are equipped with the knowledge to understand and predict how our planet works and to apply that knowledge to the key challenges facing society today: meeting demands for energy, mineral, water, and food, while responsibly managing our environment.

To support the mission of the Department of Geology please review our Support Us Page

Check out our e-Newsletter to keep up with recent events in the department. Some images of Department events and local geology are available in our Twitter feed and Instagram account.

Geology Seminar Schedule

Geology seminars are typically held on Thursdays from 4-5 pm in Thompson Hall room 213, unless otherwise noted. The schedule for the upcoming term is available here.

Geology Courses - Spring 2020 term

Detailed descriptions of Geology courses offered during the next term are available here.

New Geosciences Building

We are actively raising funds for a new geosciences facility. We are excited about the proposed facility, what it could mean for our ability to train future geoscientists, and the progress we have made so far! 

Some Recent Successes by Geology Faculty

Kansas State University Geologist Aida Farough Explores the Depths of the Oceans

K-State News features the work of Aida Farough, a Kansas State University teaching assistant professor of geology, has spent weeks at sea on research vessels while she studies the ocean floor, underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. Faraough recently returned from three weeks on the research vessel Atlantis in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

Geology Professor Receives American Chemical Society Grant  to Better Understand Petroleum Geology

Karin Goldberg, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' geology department, has received a grant from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund to study the environmental conditions on accumulation of organic matter in mudstones, using the Woodford/Chattanooga Shale in Kansas as a natural laboratory. More information on her research can be found here.

Dr. Datta is part of a  $3.9 Million NASA Lava Caves Study

Does life exist on Mars? Our very own Dr. Datta is part of a $3.9 Million NASA study studying microbes in lava tubes to duscover clues to microbes that may exist in extreme environments on Mars. K-State Today article availablehere.