Earth and Environmental Sciences Programs

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 Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences (thesis and non-thesis) and an interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. 

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

A walk in the woods with Wright State biologist Don Cipollini

Don Cipollini, professor of biological sciences at Wright State, explores the natural world in his cable access and YouTube series “The Naturalist with Don Cipollini.”

Wright State University Foundation welcomes new trustees

Linda Black-Kurek ’78 will serve as the foundation's board chair
The Wright State University Foundation has appointed six new trustees to its board, effective July 1, 2023.

Alumnus Bill Shepard returns to Wright State as vice president for advancement

Bill Shepard came to Wright State as a first-generation college student and then spent three decades in various leadership roles at the university.

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