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Departments & Programs


Prospective Students

The geological and environmental sciences are naturally interdisciplinary, and include the study of earth materials, eart processes, and how they have changed over Earth's 4.56 billion year history.  More specifically, courses and research within the department address the chemical and physical makeup and properties of minerals and rocks (at pressures from the surface to the core), as well as of soils, sediments, and water; the formation and evolution of Earth and other planets; the processes that deform Earth's crust and mantle and that shape Earth's surface; the stratigraphic, paleobiological, and geochemical records of Earth history including changes in climate, oceans, and atmosphere; present-day, historical, and long-term feedbacks between the geosphere and biosphere, and the origin and occurrence of our natural resources.

Degrees Offered

The undergraduate program is designed to provide students with a broad background in the fundamentals of the Earth sciences and the quantitative, analytical, and communications skills necessary to conduct research and think critically about questions involving the Earth.  The major provides excellent preparation for graduate school and careers in geological and environmental consulting, land use and planning, law, teaching, and other professions in which an understanding of the Earth and a background in science are important.

GES offers graduate programs that lead to the M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. degrees.  Students are prepared for careers as professional scientists in research or the application of the earth sciences to mineral, energy, and water resources.  Course program in the areas of faculty interest are tailored to the student's needs and interests with the aid of his or her research advisor.


Read more about applying to the graduate program in Geological & Environmental Sciences.  The application deadline for Fall 2014 is December 10, 2013.  If you have questions about applying to GES, please contact