The diverse geology and paleontology of the Black Hills, and
adjacent Great Plains, provides us with an extraordinary natural classroom and
Geologists from all around the world travel to study what we have right here in our own back yard. So whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, expect a lot of time out of doors or doing research in affiliated facilities including the unique
Sanford Underground Research Facility (a former gold mine that’s now home to cutting edge neutrino research), the SD Mines
Engineering Mining Experiment Station, the
James E. Martin Paleontology Laboratory, and the on-campus
Museum of Geology.
We also operate the
Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station, one of the largest summer field camp stations in the United States, with opportunities for study in the Black Hills, Montana, Arizona, Death Valley, Hawaii, Turkey, Spain, Nepal, Iceland, and Andes-Ecuador.
Why Study Geology and Geological Engineering at SD Mines?
The Amazing Geology of the Black Hills
Black Hills Story Map to learn more about the complex, diverse geology of the Black Hills region - just one example of research being done in this department. Find more presentations in the
Online Exhibits section of the Museum of Geology which showcases faculty and student research.
Student Video Captures $10k Scholarship
Geology student London Ruff expressed her passion for geology in a video that earned her a $10,000 scholarship from the
"Search for Hidden Figures" STEM video contest. Over 7,000 entries were submitted. Two grand prizes and 10 runner-up scholarships were awarded. Congratulations, London!