Welcome to the DES Web Site!
The Department of Earth Sciences (DES) was formed in 2002 as part of the College of
Arts and Sciences on the main campus of the University of Memphis. Our 29 full-time
and associated faculty represent the diverse disciplines of Archaeology, Geography,
Geology, and Geophysics. The DES faculty foster an interdisciplinary approach to Earth Science studies and
research, allowing faculty and students to pursue diverse and innovative education
and research studies that might be difficult in more traditional academic departments.
Some of our faculty work at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), whereas others have close ties to the Ground Water Institute (GWI), Chucalissa Museum, and Confucius Institute (CIUM). DES Archaeology faculty have common interests with other Archaeology-related programs at the University of Memphis
Our undergraduate degree programs include the B.A. and B.S. in Geography and the B.S.
in Earth Sciences, with several concentrations offered in each degree program. Our
course offerings, which are thorough and demanding in all areas, range from cultural
and human geographic courses to quantitative and analytical geophysics courses. Opportunities
for coursework in societally relevant areas, such as environmental science and issues,
hazards, geographic information science, and natural resource management abound at
At the graduate level, the M.A. degree is awarded in Geography and the M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences. Our graduate program encourages academic and
personal growth of students through coursework, research, and professional development
opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate research in a wide range
of typical disciplinary areas as well as interdisciplinary studies. Our program maintains
its greatest strength in its research focus areas:
Many aspects of these research foci take advantage of our location along the Lower
Mississippi River, which is both near the New Madrid Seismic Zone as well as the region
where native American cultures thrived during the pre-Columbian era. However, our
laboratory for field studies ranges across the globe from China to Antarctica.
We invite you to explore our web site to learn about the types of earth science that
we do and educational opportunities that we offer. Please feel free to contact any
member of the DES for further information.
Check out our recent publications to see specific projects that our faculty and students
have been doing:
2009 DES Publications
2010 DES Publications
2011 DES Publications
2012 DES Publications