About Us

Mission and Diversity Statements

student inspecting a sample by microscopeOur Mission:

The Department of Geological Sciences is committed to providing strong educational and research programs that benefit students, the science, society, and the state of Alabama. Our mission is to

  • Maintain quality educational programs that provide basic geologic instruction to non-majors.
  • Maintain quality undergraduate programs that prepare students for graduate education or careers in the geological sciences.
  • Maintain a quality graduate program that provides M.S. and Ph.D. students with the skills necessary to carry out independent research and obtain employment in a specialized area of the geological sciences.
  • Develop and maintain research programs that contribute new knowledge to the geological sciences. Provide service to the scientific community and the public. Assist in the sound and sustainable economic development of the region, state, and nation.

Our Diversity Commitment:

The Department of Geological Sciences welcomes all students and scholars, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, physical ability, gender expression/identity, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation. We are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all to grow as scientists and citizens. We seek to build a diverse community of scholars, and actively work to remove prejudice and discrimination in all its forms from our department and our wider geoscience community.