Our degree programs include courses in earth and environmental sciences and related subjects and prepare students for further study at the graduate level or professional employment. The employment opportunities for our graduates are in protecting and managing existing natural resources of the earth as well as in exploring for new resources.

Earth & Environmental Sciences News

Wright State’s Jared Shank receives state award for support of transfer students

Wright State staff member Jared Shank honored by state organization for his work with transfer students.
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Soil toil: Wright State grad student Behzad Ghanbarian rising star in terra-firma research

Environmental sciences Ph.D. student Behzad Ghanbarian is a prolific scholar, publishing many papers on soil-related research.
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Mary Ann Layman to Retire. After nearly 17 years of service to the University, Mary Ann Layman will retire at the end of June from her position as Assistant to the Chair. Early in her career at Wright State, she was as a founding staff member of the Institute for Environmental Quality. Later, she was instrumental in this department’s transition to EES when the Institute for Environmental Quality was combined with Geological Sciences. In some way, she has helped every member of the department – faculty, staff, and students alike. Please join us in wishing her all the best as she begins a new phase of her life.

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Our Mission

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers research and educational programs that focus on earth processes and complex ecosystems. We explore interactions among processes that involve the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere, fostering a cross-disciplinary perspective to meet the current and future challenges of resource development, conservation, and environmental health and quality.

The core research strengths of the department focus on four areas: Earth, Energy, Education, and Environment. Individual research groups focus on Aquatic Processes and Biogeochemistry, Hydrogeology and Hydrology, Geophysics and Computational Science, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing, and Earth Science Education.

Our graduates are ready to address complex, real-world challenges because of their strong foundation in  basic sciences and advanced training in interdisciplinary and emerging fields. Employment opportunities focus on protecting and managing the existing natural resources of the earth including environments, aquifers, and surface water,  as well as in exploring for new resources such as oil, gas, and minerals. We prepare our students for careers in various fields and disciplines, all of which are important now and will continue to be into the future.