Geology Graduate Programs | Geology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Geology graduate student conducting geochemistry in a lab

Graduate Study at SIU

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Dr. James Conder
Office: Parkinson 101C
Phone: (618) 453-7352

For complete information about graduate education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, consult the SIU Graduate School Graduate Catalog.


The objectives of the graduate degree programs are to develop the student's competence in the basic fields of geology and to provide for specialization dependent on student and faculty interest. We offer masters and doctoral degrees in a wide array of sub-disciplines. If your interests do not fit into one of these sub-disciplines, an advisor can help you design a unique program of coursework and research study. Interdisciplinary research with faculty in other departments is also encouraged.

Faculty and facilities are available to support thesis and dissertation research in the following sub-disciplines:

  • Environmental geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Quaternary geology
  • Applied seismology and potential-field geophysics
  • Environmental geophysics
  • Geodynamics
  • Active tectonics
  • Coal and energy resource geology
  • Organic petrology
  • Sedimentary geochemistry
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Low-temperature geochemistry
  • Isotope biogeochemistry
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Petroleum geology
  • Paleontology, micropaleontology, and paleoecology
  • Structural geology
  • Petrology

Southern Illinois and adjacent areas offer a wide variety of geological conditions ideal for individual study and research. Opportunities also exist for graduate student research in other areas of the United States and overseas.

The Geology Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale strives to develop a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.