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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.