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Graduate Program

Graduate Studies in the Department of Geological Sciences (GS) 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 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.


Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought

A new study by PhD students Matthew Winnick and Jeremy Caves suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.

Following the tragic earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, engineers and members of the Nepali Department of Education are using a documentary created by Stanford Earth's Anne Sanquini to inspire earthquake-resistant construction as the country rebuilds.

We can't journey to the center of the Earth, but that hasn't stopped us finding out what is down there. Associate Prof. Wendy Mao provides her perspective on studying Earth's interior.

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October 13, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:10pm
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October 20, 2015 - 12:10am to 1:10am
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October 27, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:10pm
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