Northern Arizona University’s Geology Department is an undergraduate and graduate program focusing on applied and fundamental research on the Colorado Plateau, in the Grand Canyon, and extending broadly throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Besides bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology, the department also offers degrees for prospective and practicing earth science teachers.
Mary R. Reid, Department Chair
Phone: (928) 523-7200
Frier Hall, Bldg. 12
PO Box 4099
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Phone: (928) 523-4561
Fax: (928) 523-9220
- With an average of nearly 100 majors, NAU’s geology program ranks in the upper 10 percent of geology departments in the country in undergraduate enrollment. More than half of those majors are students who come to NAU specifically to study geology.
- According to a 1999 alumni survey, 95 percent of geology master’s graduates moved into professional career tracks or graduate programs immediately upon graduation. About a fifth went on to pursue doctoral degrees.
- The geology degree programs produce graduates who are highly prized by private industry, including in the fields of oil and gas, mining, and environmental consulting.
- Over the past few years, geology faculty members averaged over $2 million in new and active external grants and contracts per year.
- The Geology Department hosts the Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory, Arizona Earthquake Information Center, Electron Microprobe Laboratory, Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory, Hydrogeology Laboratory, Mineral Separation Laboratory, Earth Materials Microanalysis Laboratory, and Grand Canyon Sandbars/Habitats Monitoring Center.