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Academics

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The Department of Geosciences offers a suite of undergraduate and graduate degrees designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become practitioners and academicians across a broad spectrum of disciplines concerned with Earth’s processes and properties.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Department of Geosciences offers one B.S. Geosciences degree with emphases in Geology, Geophysics, and Hydrology. The curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in Geosciences is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce or who plan to attend graduate school. In addition to the courses formally offered in all degree programs, students are encouraged to earn credit for independent study, internship, undergraduate or graduate thesis, and for participation in departmental research projects.  The Department also offers nondegree courses in geography, including coursework in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing that lead to a Minor in Geospatial Information Analysis.

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Geosciences offers four masters and two doctorate graduate degrees, listed below. In addition to contacting the appropriate graduate program coordinator below, we highly encourage you to directly contact those faculty whose research you find interesting to inquire about student openings and assistantships. Admission decisions often rely on having a faculty advocate, and being proactive in identifying a faculty member who has parallel research interests greatly increases your chances for admission.