No species affects Earth’s systems more than humanity. For this reason, societies’ interactions must be studied and scientists must work to improve scientific literacy. Texas A&M geoscientists take these two needs seriously. They study how humans interact with the environment as well as issues of human geography, such as urban development, economy-environment interactions and land use. They also find ways to best serve the scientific community, Texas and society at large by researching ways to improve scientific literacy in geoscience industries, classrooms and legislatures. Texas A&M geoscience researchers are thus not only dedicated to better understanding of Earth’s systems, but also to how they can use this knowledge to better serve human interests.