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Department of Geosciences

We create and disseminate knowledge about Earth processes and properties

We believe that the creative integration of research with education will promote excellence in both

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Students can earn Degrees, Minors, and Certificates in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Geoscience Education, and Geographic Information Systems. In all programs we enable students to discover and develop knowledge and skills they can use to achieve their professional goals and pursue solutions to resource and environmental challenges facing the state, nation, and world.


Students have excellent opportunities to engage with our scientists in research addressing fundamental Earth Science issues of international importance and local relevance. We generate new knowledge on the processes and properties of our planet and its connections to other sciences and society using observations, instrumentation and computations.


We are committed to the idea that a fundamental role of the university in society is to help create a scientifically informed community. Our faculty and students actively engage with the community to provide opportunities for people to learn more about the planet on which they live.

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Department News

Hang Chen was awarded the Apache Scholarship from SEG
Geophysics faculty Enderlin & Mikesell receive NSF award to study glacier surging
Lejo Flores to collaborate on large-scale atmospheric measurement project
Jeffrey Johnson highlighted in podcast by American Geophysical Union
Hannah Spero wins First Place in the Student Paper Competition of the Association of State Floodplain Managers!
Jen Pierce honored with Geological Society of America fellowship

Upcoming Seminars

Seminar, Nicole Gasparini- Evolution of the South Fork Eel River watershed: The known unknowns

Mayara Cizina Thesis Defense

Seminar- Warren Barrash, Hydraulic Tomography

Kristina Rossavik Thesis Proposal

Seminar, Samantha Buzzard

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