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Brief History

The Department of Earth Science, founded as the Department of Geology in 1948, was among the first departments to relocate to its current location from the Achimota campus. Since its establishment, the department has been the only University department which trains professionals in the core geology disciplines. It has been the hub for training professionals in the core and applied geology disciplines for the past 70 years. Our products are pioneers in the mineral exploration, hydrocarbon resources exploration, hydrogeological practice, engineering geological practice, and general geological practice in Ghana in the West African sub-region. Due to its unique origin, the department serves as a training ground for the teaching staff of new universities and other tertiary institutions which run applied geology programs in Ghana. The Department therefore serves as the hub for providing critical human resources needs of other Universities and establishments which run applied geology and geological engineering programs.

The Department of Earth Science has a rich tradition of leadership in the geosciences, preparing students for professional careers in the geosciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Its faculty and alumni are leaders in academia, public service and in industry worldwide.

The precursor of the BSc Earth Science Program, the BSc Geology program has had a significant, unparalleled impact on the development of geological resources in Ghana and much of the West African sub-region. Products of this program were among the key scientists who pioneered several aspects of the current Geology of Ghana. The program have evolved through the 70 year period of its existence to provide better training in consonance with the demands of contemporary times. Currently, in addition to the core geology, the BSc in Earth Science Program provides opportunities for students to specialize in various applied geology disciplines (water resources, engineering geology, environmental geoscience, petroleum geoscience), and applied geophysics in the final year. Several courses have been introduced to provide students with a broad spectrum of options especially in the final year. During the first three years of the undergraduate program, emphasis is placed on providing a firm foundation in core geology which is a fundamental pre-requisite for a successful career in any of the applied geology and applied geophysics disciplines. This unique aspect of the undergraduate program in the Department of Earth Science is owed to rich and diverse inputs we receive from our products in industry and our external stakeholders.