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Department of Geology and Geophysics


The first geology classes began at Texas A&M in 1903 as a part of the chemistry department. Today’s Department of Geology and Geophysics was formed in 1994 when the two separate departments were merged.  Housed in the Michel T. Halbouty Geosciences Building, the department has around 500 undergraduates, 150 graduate students and 30 faculty members. Because of the renewed activity of the oil and gas industry through development of the Eagle Ford Formation as well as the upcoming “crew change” in the industry workforce, the department has experienced an 80 percent increase in undergraduate students in the last two years. These future geologists and geophysicists will be essential to our economy, our future and our world.

Attract the Best and Brightest Geosciences Students

Support Our Graduate Fellowships
To recruit and support exemplary students and amplify their impact as geosciences professionals in the future, we need your support to establish an endowed graduate fellowship fund.  This endowment will create amazing opportunities for outstanding graduate students in purposeful, global impact studies.  This is monumental.

Empower Global Perspectives

Support Our Study Abroad Program
International exposure and education are critical to our students, particularly in our programs in Costa Rica and Mexico.  Endowing our Study Abroad Program would make it possible for deserving students to experience our immersive study abroad program – in perpetuity.  This is critical to our mission.

Real Fieldwork Immersion

Support Our Field Camp
Fieldwork is essential to geosciences education and professional preparation.  Concepts and theory taught in the classroom become a reality in the field and it enables our students to experience geological phenomena in their natural state.  This unparalleled experience is attractive to employers who are more likely to hire students experienced in fieldwork.  An endowment would ensure that the students in the department have this valuable opportunity each year, in perpetuity.  This is essential.

Impacting Teaching and Education for Future Geoscientists

Support Our G-Camp
Professional development for the educators in grades 4 through 12 – to expand their science teaching skills, augment their curriculum resources, and ultimately to encourage them to foster inclined students towards studies in the geosciences.  An endowment would give well-deserving teachers this unique and rewarding opportunity each year.  This is ground-breaking.

The Department of Oceanography


Faculty and students in the Department of Oceanography explore the world to investigate the defining questions of the oceans’ future, present, and past.  The curriculum provides exceptional interdisciplinary training in the fields of Ocean Climate, Marine Ecosystem Science and Health, Ocean Observing Science and Technology, and Ocean Energy. The Department of Oceanography is part of an alliance of Ocean Sciences at Texas A&M that spans the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences Departments at TAMU Galveston, GERG, IODP, and Texas SeaGrant.  This alliance of Ocean Sciences represents a truly unique concentration of educational and research resources.  Our educational and research capacity is greatly enhanced by close ties to the College Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Geology & Geophysics, as well as the Berg-Hughes Center and Texas Center for Climate Studies.

High Impact Learning

Support Our Training Cruise
Perpetuate the interdisciplinary training mission of the department through endowing the Oceanography Training Cruise – exclusively offered at Texas A&M.  Fieldwork is essential to oceanography education, student retention and professional preparation.  Concepts and throry taught in the classroom become a reality in the marine environment and it enables our students to experience natural phenomena in real time.  An endowment would ensure that the students in the department have this valuable opportunity each year, in perpetuity.  This is essential.

Enrich Undergraduate Research

Support Our Undergraduate Research
Broaden participation in the ocean sciences through funding undergrad scholarships and research funds – in perpetuity.  This endowment will support world-class research and exploration that will lead to solving some of our planet’s most pressing challenges.  This is critical to our mission.

Attract the Best and the Brightest Geosciences Students

Support Our Graduate Fellowships
To recruit and support exemplary students and amplify their impact as geosciences professionals in the future, we need your support to establish an endowed graduate fellowship fund.  This endowment will create amazing opportunities for outstanding graduate students in purposeful, global impact studies.  This is monumental.

Global Impact Happens Here

Support Our Ocean Observatories & Conservation Research
Ocean observatories operated by the Department of Oceanography benefit the citizens of Texas and the United States as we monitor and protect the health of our coastal oceans from oil spill response to red tide alerts.  Enhance the societal impact of Oceanography scientists by funding additional observatories and endowing their continued, critical operations.  This is ground-breaking.

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences


Atmospheric Science encompasses meteorology and climatology, as well as fields such as atmospheric chemistry and remote sensing.  Atmospheric scientists apply physics, mathematics, and chemistry to understand the atmosphere and its interactions with land and sea.  Atmospheric scientists see to understand the atmosphere well enough to make accurate predictions of important phenomena, such as weather, climate, and global air quality.

The Department of Geography


The study of Geography involves more than memorizing nations’ capitals or the locations of permanent, natural lakes and rivers.  Geography is about people, places and environments, assembling the global pieces of humankind’s home.  The discipline studies Earth:  its beauty, power, history and resources.  It studies humans:  our interactions with Earth and with each other.  And it addresses the challenges of tomorrow:  climate change, food security, population shifts, nonrenewable resources and more.  Geography deepens our understanding of critical issues through a global vision.

Geochemical & Environmental Research Group (GERG)


The Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) is a center of excellence in applied geosciences within the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M.  Since 1981, GERG has focused on applied interdisciplinary research in the ocean and environmental sciences. The center is organized as three interrelated groups that provide field acquisition analyses and interpretation of data across the interlocking themes within: environmental sciences, ocean sciences and resource geosciences. The team includes geologists, inorganic and organic geochemists, analytical and contaminate chemists, biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanographers, biologists, ecologists, and toxicologists.  GERG scientists instruct students on marine contamination analysis and analytical chemistry.  Technical support and training include mooring design and buoy deployment as well as electronic and data management of offshore platforms.

Build a Collaborative, Learning Laboratory Environment

Enrich Our Learning and Working Environment
Faculty and students thrive in settings that foster intellectual exchange, discovery, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and teaching.  We have an opportunity to repurpose an analytical laboratory into a teaching laboratory for students studying petroleum engineering and environmental sciences.  This learning environment is essential for fostering productivity, global impact and pride.  We will revitalize both the physical character and quality of the learning environment with state of the art instrumentation, data gathering technology, and analytical tools.  This is critical to our mission.

Critical Environment Impact

Support Vital Research on the Reef Ecosystem
Support a critical initiative to develop a research, education and industry collaboration to establish a fiber optic cable to the Flower Garden Banks.  This meticulous monitoring of the reefs will provide biogeochemical analysis and health information of the reef system and yield valuable research to policy and decision makers as well as relevant material for K-12 education.  These unique coral reefs are a treasure of the Gulf of Mexico and our goal is to increase ocean literacy – not only in Texas, but also to develop a much better connection between the environment and people.  This is monumental.

Impact Teaching and Education

Support Our Graduate Fellowships
Perpetuate the interdisciplinary research mission of the center through supporting the remote glider data collection program.  The data is collected via an acoustic array from the remote automated underwater vehicles (AUVs) to measure the physical properties and the stock and health of the marine mammal population in the Gulf of Mexico.  Based on the data gathered, our team will create an inspiring education program for high school students in Texas.  This is ground-breaking.

 

Support Hurricane Prediction and Preparation
GERG is expanding the ocean-atmospheric and ecosystem observing network for the Gulf of Mexico to enhance monitoring and forecast capabilities.  The dynamics of the whole GOM will be revealed through a sophisticated radar system across the Yucatan Channel, between Mexico and Cuba, relaying data that measures upper ocean heat content enabling more accurate forecasting on the intensity of land falling hurricanes.  This is essential.

Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems


The Berg-Hughes Center prepares students who have career goals in the petroleum industry with education and research in fundamental geologic concepts and principles, process-oriented understanding of petroleum and sedimentary systems, richly detailed field observations and industry experience in reservoir characterization, geophysical imaging, modeling, and development. Texas A&M is in a unique position to develop research opportunities in this area through federal and state agencies, private foundations, and industry, and universal support from alumni and friends of the Departments of Geology & Geophysics, Oceanography, and Petroleum Engineering.  Anticipated research results and innovations will have significant benefits for Texas, the United States and beyond.

Attract the Best and the Brightest Geosciences Students

Support Our Graduate Fellowships
To recruit and support exemplary students and amplify their impact as geosciences professionals in the future, we need your support to establish an endowed graduate fellowship fund.  This endowment will support students with career goals in the petroleum industry by combining education and research in Geology and Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering.  This is monumental.

Inspire Collaborative Innovation

Enrich Our Learning and Work Environment
Students and faculty thrive in settings that foster intellectual exchange, discovery, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and teaching.  We have an opportunity to renovate an existing space to create a nurturing academic facility that provides the infrastructure, programs, and educational interactions that enable productivity, global impact and pride.  We will revitalize both the physical character and the quality of the learning environment.  This makes an impact.

High Impact Learning

Support Our Field Research Endeavors
Perpetuate the interdisciplinary training mission of the center through endowing the field research and data collection.  Fieldwork is essential to a valuable education, student retention and professional preparation.  Concepts and theory taught in the classroom become a reality in the research environment and it enables our students to experience theoretical phenomena in real time.  An endowment would ensure that the students in the Berg=Hughes Center have this valuable opportunity each year, in perpetuity.  This is critical to our mission.

Global Impact Starts Here

Endow Our World-Class Faculty
A top priority for the Berg-Hughes Center is to hire an exemplary petroleum geoscientist and ensure that the current stellar faculty thrive in their teaching, research and outreach.  Like a catalyst in a chain reaction, our faculty initiate a cascade of effects that determine the quality of education, the student experience, and the significance of the university on a global scale.  This is essential. 
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