The Department of Geosciences offers a suite of STEM-centered programs for students who want to develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, technical communication, and data analysis techniques by studying Earth’s processes and properties. Graduates of each program can take new knowledge bases and skill sets to professional careers in natural resources or environmental sciences, advanced studies in graduate school, or any future where scientific thinking is used.
Our students not only learn current concepts and practices in Earth Science, but have opportunities to generate new knowledge by working alongside accomplished faculty researchers. Research experiences, internships, and experiential learning are integral components of the learning experiences that we offer.
Degrees, minors, and certificates can be earned through programs in Geology, Hydrologic Science, Geophysics, Geoscience Education, and Geography and Geographic Information Systems.
Degrees, Minors, and Certificates
|Undergraduate Major and Minors||Program Outcome|
|B.S. in Geosciences||Prepare students for a broad variety of careers in quantitative geoscience or for graduate school in many scientific and engineering disciplines. The four degree track options are geology, geophysics, hydrology, and secondary education.|
|Minor in Climate Studies||Help students understand past, present, current, and future changes in climate and the effects of climate change on Earth's atmospheric, hydrologic and ecologic systems.|
|Minor in Geology||Acquire advanced knowledge of geology and earth system science in addition to their major area of study area|
|Minor in Geophysics||Acquire advanced knowledge of geophysics and earth system science in addition to their major area of study area|
|Minor in Hydrology||Acquire advanced knowledge of hydrology and earth system science in addition to their major area of study area|
|Minor in Geospatial Information Analysis||Equip students to apply geospatial technologies towards solving problems with spatial elements.|
|Graduate Degrees||Program Coordinator||Degree Requirements and Learning Outcomes||Program Learning Outcomes|
|Master of Science (M.S.) in Geoscience||Dr. Brittany Brand|
|Master of Science (M.S.) in Geophysics||Dr. Dylan Mikesell|
|Master of Science (M.S.) in Hydrologic Sciences||Dr. Alejandro Flores|
|Master of Earth Science (M.E.Sci.)||Dr. James McNamara|
|Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Geosciences||Dr. Brittany Brand or Dr. Alejandro Flores||Requirements|
|Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Geophysics||Dr. Dylan Mikesell|
|Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate||Ed DeYoung|
|Earth Science Teaching Endorsement Minor||Karen Viskupic|
|Geography Teaching Endorsement||Karen Viskupic|
|Natural Science Teaching Endorsement||Karen Viskupic|