Department History


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



Dean’s Office building of Ege University



The building of the E-block of Ege University was the first building of the Geology Department and used for lectures in the 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. The 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 areas. Prof.Scotford came to İzmir with a Fullbright scholarship and contributed to the Menderes Massif studies in 1964. Dr. H. Bremer, Dr. E. İzdar, O. Kaya and Dr. O.Ö.Dora joined the Geology Department as a lecturer in 1965-1967.


Prof.Dr. Roland Brinkmann 



Prof.Dr. David Scotford



 Prof.Dr. Erol İzdar



Prof.Dr. Orhan Kaya 



Prof.Dr. O. Özcan Dora

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



Geology education started in the Natural & Applied Sciences Faculty of Ege University in 1969. In the 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 weekday and increased the quality of education from the 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. The Geology Department showed important progress in 1975 and offered the “Geological Engineer” and “Geophysical Engineer” education programs within the new Earth Sciences Department of the Engineering Faculty at Ege University.

The Department gained Assoc.Prof.Dr. Erol Akyol in 1977, got strong in the Paleontology field. Geology and Geophysics programs, founded in 1978 and remained worked for 4 years in the 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 parallel to 2547 numbered “High Education Law”. All units in the Earth Sciences Faculty of Ege University were assembled within the Geological Engineering Department of the Engineering Faculty of Dokuz Eylül University. In the 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.

From 1982 to 2005, the 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 research 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 work, 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, a soil and rock mechanics laboratory to determine the 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.

The Geological Engineering Department of Dokuz Eylül University has offered two education programs; Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Classical Education (CE) starting from 2003. The Geological Engineering department decided to continue only with the program 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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