Why Us?

You will be welcomed into an active research community that likes to have fun while exploring the processes that govern the evolution of the earth. You’ll enjoy:


SMALL CLASS SIZE. Upper division classes in Earth Sciences average less than 20 students.


PERSONALIZED ATTENTION. You’ll get to know every faculty member and student in the department. We’re big enough for a wide range of interests, but small enough to offer you a real community.


EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD. Many classes have field trips to view geological phenomena first hand, and the Geology and Paleontology Tracks feature six weeks of field instruction as a capstone.

Geologists examine a map during fieldwork.


A researcher prepares to rappel.

CHOICES OF DEGREE TRACKS. If you like to explore the outdoors and get your hands dirty in the field, consider the Geology Track. If you like to search for fossils and understand the evolution of life, consider the Paleontology Track. If you like to study the interface of society and the surface environment, consider the Environmental Geoscience Track. If you like a little more mathematical rigor and are curious about the deep earth, consider the Geophysics Track.


PREPARATION FOR COOL JOBS. High paying jobs in the energy and natural resource fields are readily available to recent graduates.


ALL THE RESOURCES OF A TIER ONE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY. Our campus is “human scale”—just the right size for students to get personalized attention while also having access to extraordinary research resources. 

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Eugene is situated in the beautiful Williamette Valley at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. The rugged Oregon coast and stunning Cascade Range are about on hour away by car, and Portland is a two-hour drive. Living in an active tectonic margin makes the outdoors an excellent natural laboratory for learning and living Earth Sciences.

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.