Studying geology

About Geology

Students seeking a geology degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock explore the fascinating world of earth sciences. They dive deep into the mysteries of our planet through the study of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our Geology Program seeks to relate these disciplines to intelligent living with the earth to understand the interplay between earth and humanity. Students are encouraged to develop a scientific understanding of earth systems from the atomic to the planetary scale. They study processes that occur over timescales that span seconds to billions of years.

The study of geology draws heavily on the allied fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology. Our students also explore sub-disciplines such as geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and geophysics.

Some of the major themes of coursework and research in the Geology Program include:

Distribution and movement of chemical species in the Earth system

Geoinformatics (including GIS)
The science and the technology which develops and uses information science infrastructure to address the problems of geography, geosciences and related branches of engineering

Processes of landform evolution and landscape development

Interrelationships of water and geologic materials and processes

Formation, chemical and physical properties, and classification of minerals

Study of the planet’s oceans and marine systems

Study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of fossils

Formation, properties, and classification of rocks

Genesis, transport, and deposition of sediment, and the formation of sedimentary rocks

Structural Geology
Geoformation of earth materials and resulting geologic structures

Regional to global-scale deformation and structures resulting from interactions among pieces of the Earth’s rigid outer layer, or lithosphere.