Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 

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

Mathematics and Statistics Chair Ayşe Şahin appointed dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

Ayşe Şahin has served as professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2015.

Wright State employees honored for excellence

Wright State has recognized select staff members for their vital contributions to the university with the 2020 President’s Awards for Excellence.

Excellence in Human Relations (Classified)

Dawn Banker
Dawn Banker, administrative specialist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is dedicated to making life easier for those around her.

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