The Department of Earth Science was created on the 1st. of January 2003 by fusion of the Department of Geology and the Department of Solid Earth Geophysics. The department has a scientific staff of 44 and a technical and administrative staff of 35. The department employs 50 Ph.D. students and post-docs in connection with specific research projects. Around 90 students are engaged in the various M.Sc. programmes at the department.
Research is carried out within 5 thematic groups:
- Quaternary geology and palĉoclimate
- Marine geology and geophysics
- Petroleum geoscience
- Geomicrobiology (jointly with Dept. of Biology)
Two centres of excellence, The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and The Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research, are closely associated with the department.