About Earth Sciences

Our undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Earth Sciences, with several concentrations offered in each degree program. Rigor is a given in all our course offerings, which range from cultural and human geographic courses to quantitative and analytical geophysics courses. Opportunities abound for coursework in societally relevant areas, such as environmental science and issues, hazards, geographic information science, and natural resource management.

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. Students interested in graduate degree programs in geophysics should contact CERI for more information. 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:


Advantages of Being Near the Lower Mississippi River

Many aspects of the research we are known for 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.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about the types of earth science we do and educational opportunities we offer. Please feel free to contact any member of the Department of Earth Sciences for further information.

Check out our recent publications to see specific projects that our faculty and students have been doing: