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Welcome to the Department of Geosciences!

We hope that you take the time to browse our web site and see the dynamic and exciting work being done by our faculty, staff, and students. The Department of Geosciences is a community of over 20 faculty and research staff who engage with over 150 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students, and is home to two doctoral programs, four masters programs, and three undergraduate degree programs.  The Department’s goal is to integrate our global laboratory into our curriculum and to engage our students in a rich and productive educational experience.  Undergraduate engagement in research is more the rule than the exception!

Our research seeks not only to advance understanding of the surface, near surface, and deep Earth environments, but also to produce science that addresses societally relevant problems such as climate change, human-environment interactions, alternative energy sources, and basic materials. Our students learn to approach research problems with creativity and critical thinking.  We especially welcome prospective students who may be interested in joining our community, and we urge you to contact directly those faculty whose work is of most interest to you, as well as visit pages where you’ll find more information about Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees.

David Wilkins, Department Chair

News & Announcements

  • Dissertation Defenses Completed Congratulations to Micheal Morrison (Dr. Paul Michaels, advisor) and Esther Babcock (Dr. John Bradford, advisor) for successfully defending their dissertations.  Both students are candidates for the PhD in Geophysics.
  • Undergraduate research conference The department is proud to note that we have five student led posters being presented at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference will be on Monday, April 21, from 11 am to 4 pm in the Student Union. The students, their faculty mentor, and their research presentation title are below. Hester von Meerscheidt, Joshua Bandfield, ...

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