Preparing Geoscientist Leaders of the Future
The sustainable human society of the future depends more on innovation and application of discovery in the geosciences than on any other discipline. Geoscientists are essential to solving society's grand challenges – global climate change, air and water quality, and adequate energy and food supplies.
The College of Geosciences offers a comprehensive program in geoscience research, education and engagement. It is made up of a unique mix of academic departments and programs that examine the solid Earth, the atmosphere, the oceans, and human cultures to address the intimate relationships between people and Earth systems.
Our understanding of our atmosphere, weather, and climate are critical to human endeavors and life on this planet. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Meteorology and graduate degrees in Atmospheric Sciences.
Geography studies human interactions with the physical environment from a spatial perspective. As an interdisciplinary field, Geography requires knowledge of the geosciences as well as the social sciences. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography, undergraduate degrees in Geographic Information Science and in Spatial Sciences, and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science.
Geology and Geophysics
Geology examines the processes and forces acting at the surface and within the Earth, with the materials of the Earth, and with the history of its development and the evolution of life on the surface and in its waters. Geophysics studies the physics of the solid Earth, from measuring and understanding its internal structure, physical properties and plate motions to detecting its natural resources through remote sensing. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geology and in Geophysics.
Oceanography is the study of the marine environment and its inhabitants. The major elements of oceanography are the distribution and nature of marine life, the development of ocean basins, the chemistry of ocean waters and the dynamics of the water masses of the sea, and the interactions of the physics, chemistry, and geology of the oceans with the biology. The department offers graduate degrees in Oceanography and a minor for undergraduates.
Environmental Programs in Geosciences
Environmental Programs in Geosciences are interdisciplinary undergraduate programs that examine aspects of environmental issues from a scientific and policy-oriented perspective. Degrees are offered in Environmental Geosciences, a science-oriented plan, and Environmental Studies, which is a degree plan that balances science with an emphasis in environmental policy planning and making.
Water Degree Program
An interdisciplinary graduate program that teaches strong technical skills in disciplines relevant to water resources including a broad understanding of hydrology and associated ecosystems, the interconnectedness of the sciences involved in hydrology and the interplay between the biophysical and social sciences in water management.