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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.

News

Research in action: On the ground during the Nepal earthquake

PhD student Anne Sanquini studies how to motivate people to take precautionary action to protect their homes and schools against earthquakes.  Her work led her to Kathmandu Valley, Nepal where she was on the ground for the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, the very quake she had been preparing for.

Ancient asteroid impacts boiled Earth's oceans for a whole year

A new study by Don Lowe suggests that Earth's oceans boiled for whole year when two asteroids measuring 30 and 60 miles across hit the Earth about 3.29 and 3.23 billion years ago.

Animal functional diversity started out poor, became richer over time

New research by Jonathan Payne's lab refutes a hypothesis by the famed evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould that marine creatures underwent an “early burst” of functional diversity during the dawn of animal life.

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