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

Rock Steady: Wright State geology student to present at national conference

As a young girl, Elizabeth Freeman would carve up creekbeds looking for fossils.

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Wright State, Ohio State, other institutions receive $3.5 million grant to increase underrepresented graduates in STEM fields

The Ohio State University, Wright State University and nine other Ohio colleges and universities will share a $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant over the next five years...

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Dr. Songlin Cheng to Retire. The current Spring Semester will be the last academic term for Dr. Cheng as an Associate Professor in the Department. He joined the faculty at Wright State in 1989 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. He is also an alumnus, having completed his M.S. degree in Geological Sciences in 1979. As a faculty member, he has guided the research theses of over 30 M.S. students in topics mostly focused on ground water and surface water chemistry. We ask that you join us in celebrating the career of this dedicated teacher and researcher. 

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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.