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Department of Geology and Geophysics





Field Camp

Department of Geology and Geophysics students have the opportunity to participate in the Tom A. Thorson Geology Field Camp.



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BEst Value

Geology Department

We have been ranked best value geology department in the country in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and recently no.15 in the top US Geology Schools table for 2024.






Diversity &


We will strive in all our endeavors to promote diversity and advance inclusion and equity in thought, perspective, culture, and human identity.




Student hiking

150 Students, 24 faculty and scholarshipS worth over $620,000

Explore Earth's processes and uncover the secrets hidden beneath its surface!






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UW Department of Geology and Geophysics once again highly ranked


The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming has been ranked No. 3 in the nation in a new 2024 “best value” list by College Factual, an online service that helps “every student get their best fit education for less”.  The rankings also take into account the average time students take to graduate, as well as the quality the school provides and the average yearly cost of attendance. We were also the highest ranked science graduate program at UW in the 2022 U.S.News rankings.

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Side by side photos of Gracen Wallen and Kyle Rehmeier

Student Success in the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics


Congratulations to Gracen Wallen and Kyle Rehmeier!! 

Gracen has been selected to join the UW Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board and has been nominated to serve as President for the next academic year. Gracen is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri and is pursuing majors in Geology, Environmental Systems Science, and Environment and Natural Resources. She is also minoring in Honors and is pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Technology.

Kyle was selected as one of twenty students for the Outstanding Graduate award from the College of Arts & Sciences for the 2022 academic graduation year. Kyle is from Belle Fourche, South Dakota and is now working as an underground production geologist for Nevada Gold Mines/ Barrick Gold at the Goldrush Mine.



Lauren Sauley

Congratulations to Lauren Sauley!


Congratulations to recent graduate Lauren Sauley who just won a prestigious study abroad Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship to Germany. The CBYX program for young professionals consists of three phases: two months of intensive German language training; one semester of classes in the participant’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school; and a three- to five-month internship in the participant’s career field.







Headshot of Associate Professor Dario Grana

Associate Professor Dario Grana awarded the 2022 Outstanding Educator Award by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists


The Outstanding Educator Award honors individuals for excellence in geophysics education based on educational qualities and contributions, and is awarded to a person who fulfills the following requirements:

  • Outstanding contributions in teaching of geophysics classes at any educational level;
  • Impact on education programs by commitment to excellence in geophysics education;
  • Special dedication to advising, supervising, and mentoring students;
  • Providing extraordinary inspiration to the next generation of geophysics professionals.



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Department Highlights



  • Photo of John Kaszuba

    Faculty Highlight

    Congratulations to Professor John Kaszuba

    John Kaszuba, the University of Wyoming’s John and Jane Wold Centennial Chair in Energy and School of Energy Resources Professor of Geology and Geophysics, was named a 2023 recipient of the UW Foundation Stewardship Award.

  • Photo of Marissa Murr

    Student Highlight

    Marissa Murr receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study the formation of fluid channels on Mars for her Masters degree. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is one of the nation’s most highly competitive awards for graduate studies.

  • Headshot of Carol Frost

    Professor Emerita Highlight

    UW Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor Emerita Carol Frost will take up a position on the BGS Board starting in March 2023. Frost earned her BA from Dartmouth College and PhD from Cambridge University, and joined the faculty of geology and geophysics at UW in 1983. Learn more about Frost's distinguished career here.