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About Geological Sciences

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Students do fieldwork with Dr. Dan Hembree.

Solving Problems in Energy, Resources and Environment

The Department of Geological Sciences educates students to be well-prepared geologists who can help to solve problems related to energy, resources and the environment during this important phase of human history.

The department offers undergraduates both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with two options: Geology and Environmental Geology. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science degree in Geology.

Throughout the years, the department has worked in fulfilling the societal need for specialists in the different fields of geology in the areas of natural resources, energy, and the environment. This role is reflected in the mission statement of the department:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Geological Sciences is to provide students with an introduction to problem solving, critical thinking, and basic concepts using the earth sciences to show how modern observations can be extended into deep time. We prepare our undergraduate majors with a solid foundation in the discipline for use in their subsequent life, work, or advanced studies and impart to our graduate students a high level of knowledge, skills, and professionalism that enable them to advance their careers by integrating courses with forefront research into the processes that formed and now modify the Earth.

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