Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Wright State’s Earth and Environmental Sciences degree programs provide excellent background and training for understanding and addressing two of humanity’s greatest challenges for the foreseeable future—the needs for sufficient amounts of water and energy. With global need for scientists who understand the geologic and environmental ramifications of these important resources, now is a great time to prepare for a career in one or both of these sectors. Wright State’s research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories and additional analytical equipment is housed in the Environmental Analysis Facility. These facilities provide students with training and experience in field data acquisition, modern analytical techniques, sophisticated data processing, and computer modeling.

Mission

The Department of Earth and 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.

Curriculum

Our academic programs include many unique course offerings and multiple research opportunities in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Undergraduates can complete independent research and a senior thesis. Experiential learning is available through our working relationships with county boards of health, park districts, EPA offices, and local businesses. Students can also earn academic credit for undergraduate teaching assistant assignments.  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. Looking ahead, consider Wright State’s Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program, which includes many Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty members who also teach at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels.

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

Kimiko Kidd

“Evolution and Ecology has been one of my favorite courses, as it included outdoor labs. Some of my other core classes have helped broaden my interests as well. I never realized I’d love the elegance of calculus, or that sociology would be so relevant to environmental conservation!”

Allison Savoie

“After graduating, I aim to earn my master’s degree and then my Ph.D. I hope to work in sustainability or aquatic geochemistry and would eventually like to become a professor to share my passion with others. I am currently a learning assistant for General Chemistry I, member of the Biology Club, Student Honors Association, and swim for the club team at Wright State.”

Department News

Red rock romance

Wright State alum Sara Toms-Bergquist works as earth and environmental education ranger near Sedona
Wright State grad Sara Toms-Bergquist turned her love of geology into a career as a park ranger.

By the numbers

Wright State graduate students Fan Yang and Michele Miller win first place in prestigious Datathon competition
Two Wright State graduate students were honored for developing a model that could be used to help patients with sickle cell disease better manage their pain.

Prairie premiere

Restored prairie at Wright State serves as wildlife magnet, research lab and scenic wonder
Students and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences turned land off University Drive between the Nutter Center parking and Mini University into a prairie.

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