Earth is a planet limited in size and resources. For the foreseeable future, it is the only available habitat for mankind. Geology is the science which examines Earth, its composition, history, and structure. Geologists integrate biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics in the study of our natural surroundings.

Geologists explore for energy, mineral and water resources. They evaluate potential hazards due to earthquakes, floods, landslides, waste disposal, and volcanic eruptions. Geologists provide fundamental information required by modern society to plan for cultural and industrial development, reduce geological hazards, and identify potential resources.

The Department of Geology at Utah State University prepares students for professional careers in the geosciences and provides the background required for advanced studies. The department offers three options of study to meet the growing demand for geoscientists with training in general geology, hydrogeology-engineering geology, or geoarchaeology. The BS program in Geology meets the curriculum standards established by the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

The department also offers the Composite Teaching Major in Earth Science to prepare teachers of earth science at the secondary school level. Requirements for the composite earth science major meet or exceed the standards of the National Science Teachers Association and fulfills the requirements that provide eligibility for certification in the State of Utah.

Finally, the Department of Geology offer an Applied Enviromental Geosciences degree for those interested in careers in enviromental science or land management