Geological Sciences

Geology is a dynamic, interdisciplinary science that studies Earth’s materials, processes, and history.

Geologists make a difference in the world, contributing to some of the most pressing problems, including the discovery and management of energy and natural resources, developing sustainability management plans, monitoring natural and manmade hazards, and finding connections between human activities and rapid environmental change.

Our Geological Sciences students study the Earth in this context, preparing for high-demand career options. Several of our geology courses involve laboratory and field work in small teams, while some upper level courses include extended local and international field trips. Our students collaborate with committed geology faculty on various projects using cutting-edge techniques in state-of-the-art facilities.

Geological scientists are in high demand. Many of our alumni work in consulting, engineering, environmental management, and education, or have pursued post-graduate degrees.

So the question is: Are you ready for a career that rocks?

Earth & Environmental Science Discipline Chair: Dr. David Susko

What Will I Learn?

  • Communicating: Speak and write professionally
  • Reading: Demonstrate literacy in technical literature
  • Computing: Demonstrate competence with spreadsheet, word processing, and mapping software
  • Identifying: Recognize and describe common Earth materials
  • Acquiring: Obtain geologic data in the laboratory or field
  • Analyzing: Utilize scientific and quantitative reasoning
  • Solving: Integrate concepts and scientific interpretations to support views or guide decision making

Visit the University Catalog:

Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the Geological Sciences major and minor.

Learn which Dearborn Discovery Core requirements are fulfilled by taking Geological Sciences courses.


COVID-19 Update

Our laboratories will offer a combination of virtual experience, simulation and demonstration to provide as close to a true laboratory experience as possible.

Students taking Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Geology can expect a rigorous curriculum that will provide both lecture and laboratory experience yet maintain social distancing.

Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in geological sciences beyond the classroom. Check out the Geological Sciences Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year view of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

Get Involved

Join a professional Geological organization, such Geological Society of America (GSA)American Geophysical Union (AGU), or American Association of Geographers (AAG). Explore UM-Dearborn student organizations on VictorsLink.

Get Real World Experience

Internshipsresearch, and study abroad opportunities are available for geological sciences students. Talk with your professors to learn more.

Plan for Life After Graduation

Geoscientists work for a variety of government agencies, private and non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. 

Career Services offers assistance with job searching, resumes, interviews, or graduate school applications.

General Program Information

Study Abroad Videos: Iceland 2018

Faculty Directory

Sven Morgan

Professor of Geology; Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

Ulrich Kamp

Professor of Earth and Environment; Environmental Internship Advisor

Jacob Napieralski

Professor of Geology; Director, Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) Program; Director, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Department of Natural Sciences

114 - Science Faculty Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5277
Fax: 313-593-4937