Geology is the study of the origin, evolution, composition and structure of the earth. It draws upon all basic sciences. This subject was first taught at Makerere University in the College of Natural Sciences in 1968. It was a component in the Department of Geography but later became a fully-fledged Department in 1969 with Prof. Robert Macdonald as it’s founding Head of Department.
The first batch of Geology students graduated in 1970 in pure geology, which was the only, course being taught at the time. A postgraduate diploma in pure and applied geology intended to qualify the degree holders as professional geologists was commenced in March 1973 however it ran for only one year.
In 1979, the Department under UNESCO assistance introduced applied geology courses that were taught along with those of pure geology. To date the Department has introduced more programmes such as Geological Resource Management (GRM), Masters of Science in Geology (MSc.) and Ph D done by research work.
Since academic year 2009/2010, we have been running the BSc. programme in Petroleum Geosciences and Production. The programme is only offered under private sponsorship. In the next academic year, 2012/2013 starting in mid August 2012, a new MSc. programme in Petroleum Geosciences will be on offer.
The mission of the Department of Geology is to create and impart knowledge in both pure and applied geology to society through training, research and extension services for sustainable development.