Department of Geology - Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal

Department of Geology


Discover why landscapes differ, why earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, why mountains and oceans exist, or why dinosaurs became extinct? Geologists are trying to answer the questions of why? how? and under what conditions? as well as questions about time (when?) and place (where?). Between fieldwork and time spent in the lab, geology is the process of answering these questions. Since planet Earth is our home. Humans live on land that occupies only 29% of Earth’s surface. The rest is covered by ocean. An envelope of air surrounds Earth. These realms—the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere-form the environment for life on this planet.
The study of geology applies many different branches of science to understand how the Earth works and how it has evolved over 4.6 billion years. It ranges from the atomic, to the cosmic via the continental and encompasses such spectacular natural processes as earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions.
Our undergraduate and M. Phil degrees in Geology provide a comprehensive education in both pure and applied earth sciences, along with associated transferable skills such as surveying and technical skills. The department has an international reputation and is home to state-of-the-art laboratories and IT facilities. Students and academic staff mix and work together. Offices and teaching labs are close to each other, creating an atmosphere in which students not only focus on their course but also get a feel for the findings of current research. The major course includes several excursions. These are closely related to the subjects covered in the lectures and transmit the practice of geology, geophysics, mineral deposits, the petroleum sector, engineering geology, environmental geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and paleontology. This work ends with an independent project to study and map an area chosen by the student.
All of our students can gain valuable work experience as part of their degree. You will undertake a 6-month undergraduate project and an 18-month research project in M. Phil. Some students take advantage of our exceptional links with industry, carrying out their project as part of a paid internship. .
The Department’s Mission

The Department of Geology is dedicated to provide an outstanding educational program in geology and conducting high-level research focused on related national and international issues. The Geology Department will develop in each student the critical thinking, enthusiasm, initiative, and skills necessary to become permanent students of Earth Sciences. Emphasis will be placed on learning basic concepts and techniques through research, in an environment that fosters the development of professionals with social, cultural, and humanist sensitivity as well as deep ethical values.
To achieve the Department's mission, commitments are made to:
• Answer fundamental questions of geosciences concerning the transitions of the Earth in space and time. We will lead research in areas of Earth Sciences that are directly related to the societal challenges of the 21st century, including water, energy, natural hazards, natural resources, climate, life, use of land, and soil.
• Prepare students for professional positions in industry and government and careers in academic research and teaching.
• Provide high level and internationally accepted academic programs in geosciences.
• Prepare students with sufficient knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of geosciences.
• Increase awareness of local natural resources in KPK, Pakistan.
• Establish the geology department as a research center in natural resources and pure science of geology.
• Involve students in active research projects locally and internationally.
• Strengthen relationships with national government and private sectors through training, courses, consultations, etc.
• Create an appropriate environment and opportunities for students to demonstrate and develop their skills and talent in research and teaching.

The Department of Geology strives to be one of the top-level interdisciplinary educational and research institutes in Pakistan and the region, through the continuous review and expansion of education, maintaining scientific research and outreach programs to produce well-trained, competent, and professional academic programs and geoscientists capable of meeting the needs of society.
Program Offered:
1. BS (4-Years) Program – Geology
2. M. Phil (2-Years) Program - Geology