Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Whether you are interested in teaching high school-age students, exploring for novel resources such as oil, gas, or minerals, or you want to work to protect natural resources, including water and environments, Wright State’s earth and environmental sciences degree programs are the right fit for you.

With global need for scientists who understand the geologic and environmental ramifications, now is a great time for you to prepare for a career in earth and environmental sciences. You can pursue course offerings and research opportunities in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Experiential learning is available to you through our working relationships with county boards of health, park districts, EPA offices, and local businesses. You will learn in research facilities with faculty members who are trained and experienced in field data acquisition, modern analytical techniques, sophisticated data processing, and computer modeling. Our graduate programs include three master’s degree options—Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences (thesis and non-thesis) and the Earth Science Master of Teaching, an excellent professional development opportunity for teachers.

Areas of Research

  • Applied geophysics
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Complexity in earth processes
  • Geologic-time understanding
  • Geophysical data
  • Geospatial analysis and remote sensing
  • Groundwater flow processes
  • Hydrogeology
  • Nitrogen cycling
  • Paleobiology
  • Paleoecology 
  • Palynology
  • Reservoir modeling
  • Science education standards
  • Sedimentary environments
  • Seismic data
  • Seismic geophysics
  • Stratigraphy
  • Surface water hydrology
  • Sustainability
  • Wetlands biogeochemistry

Our research facilities include the following state-of-the-art laboratories: Hydrogeology, Hydrogeochemistry, Aquatic Microbial Biogeochemistry, Environmental Quality and Risk Assessment, Environmental Geochemistry, Trace Metal Biogeochemistry, Applied Geophysics, and an on-campus GIS facility and a cross-departmental Environmental Analysis Facility (EAF). These facilities help provide our graduates with experience and training in field data acquisition, modern analytical techniques, sophisticated data processing, and computer modeling.

Degrees and Programs

Success Stories

She has degrees in environmental sciences and sociology from Wright State but works as an editor for an automotive magazine.
Ryan Shell, an earth and environmental sciences Ph.D. student, studies the biodiversity, biogeography and paleoecology of marine vertebrates during the early Permian Period.

Department News

Shell splash

New research by Lake Campus faculty member Chuck Ciampaglio published by prestigious international journal
Chuck Ciampaglio, professor of Earth and environmental science, and alumnus David Peterman discovered how an extinct animal moved through water.

Bug business

Ohio to reckon with the raucous presence of 17-year cicadas
Don Cipollini, professor of biological sciences at Wright State, calls Brood X a wild spectacle of nature.

Hope and healing

After a tragic loss, Wright State student and single mother Ashley Elking finds solace in learning
Earth and environmental sciences major Ashley Elking knows that a good education is the key to a better life and future for her family and herself.

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