Department History


After establishment of Agricultural Faculty of Ege University in 1955, Geology education started with Assoc.Prof.Dr. Recep Egemen who has given General Geology lessons for the first time in 1958, İzmir.

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Buildings of Bornova Agriculture School of Agricultural Faculty which first geology lessons were held.


Assoc.Prof.Dr. Recep Egemen



Buildings of Agricultural Faculty which first geology lessons were held.

In 1961, Applied Sciences Faculty was opened. Basic and Applied Geology lessons were given in the Geology branch of Natural Sciences Program founded with the Applied Sciences Faculty. Geological research started in Aegean Region starting with the opening of Geology Department.



Dean’s Office building of Ege University



The building of E-block of Ege University, first building of Geology Department and used for lectures in Geological Engineering Department of Dokuz Eylül University.

After the death of Assoc.Prof. Egemen, Prof. R. Brinkman who had retired from Germany in 1964, was invited to İzmir. First lecturers of the Geology Department were M.Oğuz, E. Başarır, B. Sözeri and Dr. A. Can.

Karaburun Peninsula and Menderes Massif were chosen as the research area. Prof.Scotford, came to İzmir with Fullbright scholarship and contributed the Menderes Massif studies in 1964. Dr. H. Bremer, Dr. E. İzdar, O. Kaya and Dr. O.Ö.Dora were joined to the Geology Department as lecturers in 1965-1967.


Prof.Dr. Roland Brinkmann 



Prof.Dr. David Scotford



 Prof.Dr. Erol İzdar



Prof.Dr. Orhan Kaya 



Prof.Dr. O. Özcan Dora

Geology Museum was established in the Geology Department which were operating till 2005, next to the E-block building of the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty of the Ege University.



Geology education started in Natural & Applied Sciences Faculty of the Ege University in 1969. In first years of undergraduate education, Prof.Dr. İ.Ketin, K. Erguvanlı, E.Yüzer, K.Ergin, N.Canıtez contributed to the education program with their lectures by coming from İstanbul Technical University every week days and increased the quality education from beginning.

Foreign scientists such as Prof.Dr. P. Paulitsch, St. Dürr and G. Strübel, came to İzmir in one semester each and contributed to the education and the research.

Prof. R. Brinkmann left İzmir in 1972. By this time, the Geology Department had nearly completed all the needs such as lecturers, teaching materials and supplies. Geology Department showed an important progress in 1975 and offered to the “Geological Engineer” and “Geophysical Engineer” education programmes within the new Earth Sciences department of the Engineering Faculty in the Ege University.

The Department gained Assoc.Prof.Dr. Erol Akyol in 1977, got strong in Paleontology field. Geology and Geophysics programmes, founded in 1978 and remained worked for 4 years in Earth sciences faculty of Ege University before becoming a part of the newly established Dokuz Eylül University.


Prof.Dr. Erol Akyol 



Earth Sciences Faculty of Ege University, 
Engineering Faculty of Dokuz Eylul University

In 1982, Dokuz Eylül University was founded paralel to the 2547 numbered “High Education Law”. All units in Earth Sciences Faculty of Ege University were assembled within the Geological Engineering Department of the Engineering Faculty of Dokuz Eylül University. In first years, geology and geophysics lectures were given in the Geological Engineering department. Later, the Geophysical Engineering department was founded in 1991 as a separate department.

C-block building used for Earth Sciences faculty of the Ege University and Geological Engineering Department of the Dokuz Eylul University and A-block building used for Geological Engineering Department of the Dokuz Eylul University

From 1982 to 2005, Geological Engineering Department of the Dokuz Eylül University continued its education in Bornova (Ege University Campus) and moved to Tınaztepe Campus in Buca District in 2005.

Two close departments (Geology and Geophysics) of earth sciences, are still giving lectures and doing researches in current research areas of the earth sciences in the same building.

Geology and Geophysics departments in İzmir, starting with Prof.Dr. Brinkmann, have been doing field works, field trips as a part of geology education and having mapping camp in and around Payamlı facilities of Dokuz Eylul University.

In the Geological Engineering Department, in addition to standard laboratories, there is a mineral separation laboratory for radiometric age determination, soil and rock mechanics laboratory to determine physical and mechanical properties of soils and rocks and a fluid inclusion laboratory.

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Geological Engineering department building in Tınaztepe Campus, Buca-İzmir.

Geological Engineering department of Dokuz Eylül University has offered two education programs; Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Classical Education (CE) starting from 2003. Geological Engineering department decided to continue only with the programme CE in 2009, thus the last PBL student graduated in 2012.

Dora, O. Ö., 2011. İzmir’de yerbilimlerinin tarihçesi. 64. Türkiye Jeoloji Kurultayı. s.337.

İletişim Adresi

Kuruçeşme Mh., DEÜ Kaynaklar Yerleşkesi 207-F, 35390 Buca/İzmir, Türkiye

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