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Graduate Program

Graduate Studies in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES) involve academic course work and independent research. Students are prepared for careers as professional scientists in research, education, or the application of the earth sciences to mineral, energy, and water resources. Programs lead to the M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. degrees.

Undergraduate Program

The purpose of the undergraduate program in Geological and Environmental Sciences is to provide students with (1) a broad background in the fundamentals of the Earth sciences and (2) the quantitative, analytical, and communications skills necessary to conduct research and think critically about questions involving the Earth.

Research Facilities

Our researchers have access to a wide variety of laboratories and equipment, either within our department or in associated departments.


Animals tend to evolve toward larger sizes over time

New Stanford research shows that animals tend to evolve toward larger body sizes over time. Over the past 542 million years, the mean size of marine animals has increased 150-fold.

Thanks to the top teachers

Professors in the School of Earth Sciences who are making ongoing and consistent contributions to teaching were recognized at a recent faculty dinner. 

Stanford ‘Geniuses’ Reflect Back

Earth Sciences professors Kevin Boyce and David Lobell discuss the unexpected benefits of winning 2013 MacArthur Fellowships.

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Upcoming Events

March 3, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:10pm
GeoCorner, Room 220-Cenozoic Magmatic Patterns in the Western US and their Relation to Evolution of the Colorado Plateau
March 31, 2015 - 12:10am to 1:10am
GeoCorner, Room 220
May 5, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:10pm
GeoCorner, Room 220
May 19, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:10pm
GeoCorner, Room 220