WELCOME to Geology and Geological Engineering

The diverse geology and paleontology of the Black Hills, and adjacent Great Plains, provides us with an extraordinary natural classroom and laboratory.

Geologists from all around the world travel to study what we have right here in our own backyard. So whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, expect hands-on learning out of doors, in our labs, or doing research in affiliated facilities including the unique Sanford Underground Research Facility (a former gold mine that’s now home to cutting edge neutrino research), the South Dakota Mines Engineering Mining Experiment Station, the Mining Hub, the James E. Martin Paleontology Laboratory, and the on-campus Museum of Geology.

We also operate the Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station, one of the largest summer field camp stations in the United States, with opportunities for study in the Black Hills, western California, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Death Valley, Hawaii, Turkey, France, Spain, Nepal, Iceland, New Zealand, Morocco, and Andes-Ecuador.  


* The Geological Engineering (BS) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Still deciding on a major? Learn more about:

Geology Careers
Geological Engineering Careers


The Amazing Geology of the Black Hills



View our  Black Hills Story Map  to learn more about the complex, diverse geology of the Black Hills region - just one example of research being done in this department. Find more presentations in the Online Exhibits section of the Museum of Geology and the Museum of Geology YouTube channel which both showcase faculty and student research.

Check out our Summer Camps! Geology Rocks and Fossils.