Founded in 1924, department of Earth Sciences of Sun Yat-sen University (formerly Department of Geology and Mineralogy) is the second oldest geology department in China. The department was moved to Central-South University due to the reform of higher education of China in 1952. It was reestablished as a geologic major in the Department of Geography of Sun Yat-sen University in 1958, and then as an independent department in 1978.
The Department offers a range of undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geology, Geo-information, and Engineering Geology. In addition, the department provides Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Geology, including structure geology, petrology, geochemistry, engineering geology and Quaternary geology.
Our faculty is active in a variety of research areas, such as Cenozoic geology and global changes, crust process, earth surface process, neotectonics, earth materials, economic geology, environmental geochemistry.
Our major scientific research achievements involves a new theory on granite genesis, formation of large to super-large nonferrous metals and non-metal ore deposits, Quaternary environmental changes, civic engineering, geo-disaster prevention, mine environment treatments of South China, etc.
The department maintains advanced geological, geochemical, chronological, remote sensing, and GIS laboratory facilities including ICP-MS, XRF, AAS, Linkam THMSG600 low temperature platform microscope, T1500 high temperature platform microscope, Daybreak 1100 luminescence TL/OSL dating system, MS2 magnetic susceptibility measure system.
At present, there are 38 faculty members, 12 staff and numerous associates in the department. There are approximately 100 enrolled undergraduate students and 40 graduate students every year.