The Department of Geology, one of the three geology Departments in Greece, was founded in 1977 at the University of Patras, School of Natural Sciences, replancing the pre-existing Chair of Geology. Undergraduate students were first admitted in 1978.

The Department of Geology offers teaching in many aspects of the broad field of earth sciences.

Laboratory facilities are available for a wide range of research in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrography, petrology, ore microscopy, energy resources, micropalaeontology, photogeology, sedimentology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, hydrochemistry, geophysics, seismology, and oceanography.

Instrumental facilities include measurement of physical properties of industrial minerals; X-Ray powder diffraction studies; near infrared spectroscopic analysis; cathodoluminescence microscopy; atomic absorption facilities and graphite furnace for analyzing precious metals; rock cutting, grinding and ore polishing; measurement of physical and mechanical properties of soils and rocks; quality assessment of soils and aggregate materials for various engineering works; equipment for calorimetric studies and determination of physical properties of coals; marine geophysical equipment for water column and sea floor investigations.

The laboratories, library, computing center and lecture rooms of the Department of Geology are housed in the Geology Building. The Seismological Laboratory is at a remote building in the old section of the University Campus.

The Department ranks high in number of research grants over the past ten years. Funding statistics published in the Annual Reports of the University of Patras Research Committee place the Department of Geology in the top five Departments of the University. In June 2012 the first External Evaluation of the Department has been accomplished successfully under the auspices of the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. In May 2019 the Undergraduate Study Programme of the Department was granted a fully compliant accreditation according to the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015).

Xypolias Paraskevas, Professor
Deputy Chairman: 
Sokos Efthymios, Professor
Andrianna Labropoulou
+30 2610 997922
Department of Geology
University of Patras
265 04 Patras