Please review the information about our graduate programs at the bottom of this page. If you still have questions, send an email to or contact Lori Hartline, Graduate Program Assistant at 541-737-5188.

If you are interested in a geology or geophysics program led by a world-class faculty that integrates field and laboratory observations with advanced computational studies, you’ll be at home here. From petrology to hydrogeology, from volcanoes to minerals, our research programs span the immense breadth of geology and geophysics. We emphasize field experience, requiring at least one field course of all graduate students, so get ready to get dirty!

There are two degree programs used by geology and geophysics graduate students – a traditional Geology track and an integrative track via the Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences degree. Both tracks offer master's and Ph.D. options. Areas of concentration include:

Glacial geology • Geochemistry • Hydrology and Hydrogeology • Structural geology • Geomorphology • Geophysics • Igneous petrology • Neotonics • Paleoclimate • Volcanology • Mineral deposit geology • Marine Geology

Typically, the program has over 30 students enrolled with more than half pursing a Ph.D.

Explore the degree

For the traditional Geology track, see Geology Graduate Program Application Instructions.

For the integrated track, see the Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Major page.

See this course plan sheet (PDF on Box) for differences between the Geology MS and PhD, and the OEAS Marine Geology or Geophysics tracks.

Geology graduate program flyer

OSU Catalog

Meet the faculty

Our geologists rock! Meet our faculty.

Meet the Program Head Frank Tepley.

Teaching Assistant Support

CEOAS Taubeneck Geology Teaching Assistant Support Fund

Learn about careers

At CEOAS, we are dedicated to helping you find a fulfilling job to set you on a successful career path. We have staff ready to help by connecting you to alumni mentors, helping you find internships, and investing in your professional development. As a result, most graduates are employed by six months post-degree.

Geology graduate students go on to varied careers in academia, government and elsewhere. Learn more: Why Geology?