Geology and Geophysics Program

The study of geology is often a personal passion. If you grew up playing with toy dinosaurs, exploring the outdoors and climbing on rocks, or building your own volcano for a science fair, this might be the program for you.

As a geology or geophysics student, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and conduct research in a wide range of studies, including:

  • Planetary geology
  • Fossils and evolution
  • Volcanology
  • Structure and dynamics of Earth’s interior
  • Development of cave systems
  • Exploration for oil and gas
  • Absorption of pollutants by soils
  • Ore mineralization
  • Creation of mountain systems
  • Ancient climates, landscapes and environments

And you’ll be doing this research across the state, around the country, and throughout the world.

In fact, S&T is located in the heart of the Ozarks, a unique, geological region featuring karst topography, which is known for its caves, sinkholes and springs. Missouri, as a whole, features more than 6,400 known caves and is often referred to as “The Cave State.” Geoscience students have been exploring this region and its wonders for over 140 years.  

If you’re looking to get out of the state, program courses have taken students to national parks such as the Grand Canyon. You may even find yourself snorkeling over a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, working in the rifted valleys in Africa, examining geologic evolution of the Egyptian Nile, or searching for clues of ancient climatic, environmental, and ecological conditions in the Permian time (300 million years ago) in northwestern China.