walkway inside Bevill Building

Inside the Bevill Building, home of the Department of Geological Sciences

Welcome to the University of Alabama Department of Geological Sciences, a division of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our department dates back to the University’s formative years. UA’s first geology program was established in 1847, and the department has historically provided a focus for the mapping and development of the geological and hydrological resources of the state of Alabama.

As The University of Alabama grew and established itself as a major research university, the Department of Geological Sciences also expanded its research activities, which now span the entire range of geological science and cover all corners of the globe. Learn more about our research.

Departmental faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in teaching and research. They publish regularly, several have been honored with distinguished lectureships, and many have served on the editorial boards of such internationally-circulated journals as American Mineralogist, Ground Water, Environmental Geology, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Geology, Journal of Paleontology, Tectonophysics, and Water Resources Research. Learn more about our faculty.

In recent years, the department has undergone a major expansion of research space and equipment. We maintain office space, seminar rooms, and research laboratories in the 145,000-square-foot Tom Bevill Energy, Minerals, and Material Science Research Building. The Bevill Building also houses 5,500 square feet of research space for environmental geology. Our lecture halls and teaching laboratories are in Smith Hall (old Geology Building). Learn more about our facilities.

Watch this video to learn more about our department and hear a few of our faculty and students talk about why they’re passionate about geological sciences, and why they chose to come here.