About the Department
Department of Geology started its journey on 23 April 1949 under the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Dhaka. Since its establishment in 1949, this department has been the prime centre of excellence for teaching and research in various fields of Geology. Starting with a 2-year B.Sc. pass degree programme in 1949-50, the department subsequently introduced 2- Year M.Sc. in Geology programme in 1957-58, 3-Year B.Sc. Honours in Geology programme in 1967-68, 1-Year MSc in Geology in 1970-71, 4-Year BS Honours in Geology programme in 1996-97, and 1-Year MS in Geology programme in 1999-00. Currently the Department, under the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, offers 4-Year BS Honours in Geology, 1-Year MS in Geology (with specialization in different fields) along with MPhil and PhD courses.
The Department of Geology at the University of Dhaka is dedicated to disseminate the knowledge of geosciences for understanding of the planet Earth as a system, its resources, and environment for the lasting benefit of humanity. Our mission is to ensure higher education of international standards in geosciences and to produce graduates who will be efficient in their profession as well as valued members of the community and society. In order to achieve the mission the department has set the following goals-
1. Provide quality education in undergraduate and graduate level through comprehensive curricula, best teaching-learning practices and research;
2. Produce professional geologists of international standards so that they can compete in the job market home and abroad;
3. Mentor students to be a responsible citizen caring for the society and the environment;
4. Create suitable environment and opportunities for faculty members to demonstrate and develop their skills and talent in teaching and research;
5. Welcome motivated individuals who are passionate about geoscience and believe in wise stewardship of our planet through critical thinking and innovative ideas.
Our vision is to address the fundamental issues that are related to the societal challenges of the 21 st century including water, energy, mineral resources, natural hazards, climate and life. We endeavors to be one of the leading geoscience education institutions in Bangladesh and in the region. We strives to grow as an internationally recognized research institute through interdisciplinary and collaborative research as well as maintaining scientific integrity.
On completion of their BS honours degree, the graduates from this department are eligible to join various governments, autonomous, private and multinational organizations. Major governmental and autonomous organizations include: Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB), Petrobangla, Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (BAPEX), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE). Other national and international organizations where geologists may build up there career are Institute of Water Modelling (IWM), Centre for Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Mining companies. Besides, these graduates may also join the cadre services through open competition conducted by the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC).
Fresh graduates also get opportunities to work in the different research projects carried out by the faculties of the department in national and international level. Students with better academic records may also pursue higher studies in the department leading to MS (in specialized fields) followed by MPhil or PhD. After achieving the requisite academic qualification, they may be appointed as faculty in the Universities of the country. In addition, a good number of graduates proceed to overseas universities every year for higher studies.