Who we are
Let us prepare you for a career in Earth and environmental sciences
What do we do? Geology is the study of the Earth. Geologists are interested in a wide range of topics, including the materials that make up the Earth, processes that affect those materials, and the history of the Earth.
Our majors use their training to work on some of society’s most important problems, including issues related to water, sustainability, and production of energy and mineral resources. Geology is a great choice if you want to be a part of the solution to these challenges!
What tools will you gain from geology? Our degrees help students learn about the Earth and sharpen skills that employers seek. As you develop an in-depth knowledge of the Earth, you will gain hands-in experience with geoscience laboratory techniques, field methods, and modeling techniques used to analyze Earth processes.
How are the job prospects? The job outlook for our majors is excellent. Between 2019 and 2029, US Bureau of Labor Statistics workforce projections predict a 5% growth in geoscience jobs, high than average for all occupations. And geoscientists are well paid. In 2019, the median salary for geoscientists was $92,040, higher than the median for all physical scientists.
Geology is one of the most interdisciplinary sciences. So, there are a lot of ways that geology majors can apply their degrees. For more information, please see our Careers page.
Meet some of our students
Our Department’s mission is 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.
We work to achieve this mission in many ways. To see a summary of some recent outputs and achievements, please check out our Annual Report.
To support the mission of the Department of Geology please review our Support Us Page.
We are committed to fostering diversity among our students, faculty, and staff in geology, our college, and Kansas State University. Our faculty and students lead outreach events and contribute to programs that increase participation in science of underrepresented groups and first-generation college students. We are also working to learn more about how to meet the needs of students with different backgrounds. Through these efforts, we are reaching our goal of ensuring that a diverse workforce of geologists can help meet the needs of Kansas and beyond.
Geology Student Organizations
Our department is home to the Williston Geology Club and the combined AAPG-SEG student chapters. The students in these organizations lead outreach events with K-12 students, go on outdoor adventures together, and more. If you are interested in joining these student organizations, please get in touch with their members or inquire with faculty. For the '21-'22 academic year, Christa Anhold and Brooklyn Armijo are the president and vice president, respectively, of the Williston Geology Club, with Dr. Karin Goldberg as the Williston Club faculty advisor; and Papa Owusu is the president of the AAPG/SEG student chapter, with Dr. Raef as the AAPG-SEG faculty advisor. Ask today how you can get involved!
Check out the News and Events section!
There we have listed the current semester seminar schedule featuring guest speakers, Geo-on-the-Go (including a virtual Geology education series, our e-Newsletter, and social media) and acknowledgements of student and faculty achievement. You don't want to miss out, right? Of quartz not!