About UNC Geology

Overview

The science of geology seeks to understand the processes that shape the earth as well as to determine the history of the earth.  Knowledge of geology is essential for today’s society and economy when considering energy resources (fossil fuels and uranium), rock and mineral resources (ores and mining), water resources, the spreading and control of pollution, and geologic hazards (floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions).  Climate and biologic change is a constant when studying earth history, and ancient shifts of climate and life, and extinctions of these ancient organisms, provide important perspectives on current conditions.

The UNC campus is well placed for the study of geology.  The Department is only a 35 minute drive from the Rocky Mountain Front Range and a little over an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Greeley is a day’s drive from such areas of spectacular geology as Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison national parks in Colorado, Arches and Canyonlands national parks of eastern Utah, Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado, the basins of central Wyoming, and the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.  All of these places are visited by geology field trips from UNC, as well as longer trips to the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend of Texas.  All geology classes at UNC include field trips in the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and Colorado Plateau.

A comprehensive undergraduate geology program emphasizing:

  • Small class sizes for individualized instruction
  • Rigorous coursework blending theory with applications
  • Extensive field experience opportunities
  • Preparation for graduate school and the job market
  • Undergraduate research projects and conference presentations

Facilities and Resources:

  • Dedicated Classroom and Laboratory Space.
  • Cartography lab with 16 GIS work stations and large format plotter.
  • Museum quality rock, mineral, and fossil collection for education and research.
  • Complete rock processing and mineral separation laboratory with thin sectioning equipment.
  • X-ray diffractometer for investigating crystal structure and mineral identification.
  • Scanning electron microscope with secondary and backscatter electron detectors, color cathodoluminescence detector, and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer for rock and mineral composition characterization.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Geology Emphasis
  • Master of Arts, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The UNC Geology Program has two goals: 1) a strong foundation in the sciences preparing students for graduate school, and 2) providing the experience necessary to be well-prepared for various types of jobs in geology.  Graduates of the geology program will be prepared for entry-level positions as geologists at oil and gas companies, mining companies, environmental consulting agencies, and natural history museums.  Many of our graduates have also become excellent teachers in secondary schools and community colleges.  This program provides a mixture of theoretical analysis of geology and practical geology skills, both in the laboratory and in the field.  We encourage geology students to work as interns in the summer with professional geologists, and to work on undergraduate research projects.

Geology Faculty

  • Dr. Graham Baird, Associate Professor
    • Expertise: Structural Geology, Tectonics, Field Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Geochronology
    • Courses Taught:  General Geology, Physical Geology, Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology, Geologic Field Techniques, Tectonics, Scientific Writing, Seminar in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Various Directed Studies Classes
  • Dr. Emmett Evanoff, Associate Professor
    • Expertise: Sedimentary geology, paleontology, field geology, ancient geomorphic systems
    • Courses Taught:  Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Colorado Geology, Historical Geology, Rocky Mountain Geology Seminar, Scientific Writing, Various Directed Studies Projects
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