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The Department of Geology & Geophysics was formed in 1994 with the merger of Geology (established in 1922) and Geophysics (established in 1966). This merger has enhanced interaction of faculty and students in the two disciplines, promoted interdisciplinary research, and encouraged students to gain a broader-based education in the geosciences.
Our undergraduate programs are built on a tradition of excellence in classic field geology. We are one of the few programs in the country to still require and offer a six-week field geology course for undergraduate majors. This experience is complemented by short course field trips offered throughout the year.
The diverse research interests of our faculty include environmental geology and geophysics, engineering geology and geophysics, geochemistry, geodynamics, mineralogy and petrology, paleontology, seismology, sedimentary and petroleum geology, structural geology, and tectonophysics.
The Department is housed in the 76,000 square-foot Michel T. Halbouty building complex. Numerous well-equipped laboratories and a host of field exploration equipment are available for performing analytical, experimental and field geological and geophysical research.
The College of Geosciences was founded in 1964, and continues to be one of the preeminent academic organizations in the earth sciences dedicated to research and graduate education. The College encompasses the departments of Geology & Geophysics, Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Oceanography. The College of Geosciences is also the science operator for the largest geoscience research program in the world, the International Ocean Drilling Program. Science operations are based at IODP’s facility in Research Park which also houses the Gulf Coast Repository with over 106 kilometers of rock cores available for study and sampling.