The sustainability of energy and environmental resources are two of the biggest scientific challenges we face nationally and globally. Our goal is to equip you — the next generation of scientists — with the tools you need to work in these fields and address our complex problems.
And you'll learn it all in south Louisiana, where petroleum exploration and production is booming — and where more than 40 percent of the country's wetlands are. There's a skyrocketing demand for geologists and environmental scientists. In a place with strong industrial and agricultural traditions, the UL Lafayette School of Geosciences is in the thick of it all.
Our faculty- and student-led research is known around the world. Our student team is the only one that's won the prestigious Imperial Barrel Award twice. We've revolutionized detecting carbon dioxide levels, giving us a way to look 400 million years into the past. We're curators of the Geology Museum, a place to research and exhibit fossils, minerals, and rocks.
We're not lofty academics — we like to get our hands dirty. With our undergraduate and master's programs, you can get your hands dirty, too.