Department Head: Paul Heller
With 27 faculty members, the undergraduate and graduate course offerings and research interests span a broad array of earth and planetary sciences. Situated within the Rocky Mountains, the Department of Geology and Geophysics provides students with diverse opportunities for field studies. The Department in also active in applied science. In tandem with the School of Energy Resources, they provide training and research in hydrocarbon exploration, carbon sequestration, water resources, and watershed management. The Department also has a very strong program in computational geophysics, with three new faculty that perform large-scale parallel computations to constrain seismic-wave propagation and hydrologic flow.