About Us

Mission Statement

student inspecting a sample by microscopeThe 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.