Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Graduate Programs Overview

Thank you for your interests in the Graduate Programs of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wright State University. We encourage you to browse our website for details of the Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching and Ph.D. programs. We offer financial support to our students in the form of teaching assistantships and tuition scholarships. Further, a few research assistantships are awarded every year on a competitive basis. 

Our department has grown as the former Department of Geological Sciences and the Institute of Environmental Quality merged to form the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences or EES in 2006. Some of the new initiatives in our department include updated M.S. program curricula, expanded and newly renovated classrooms and teaching laboratories, new research laboratories, interdisciplinary courses, and field experiences. Many new courses have been added to the graduate programs fall 2012 as Wright State transitioned from the quarter system to the semester system. The department moved into a newly renovated building (Brehm Laboratory) with modern research laboratories and brand-new facilities in 2007. Fall 2009, additional teaching and research facilities were added to EES in the renovated Oelman Hall. Further, in 2010 several new research laboratories have been set-up in the M&M Building.

Our faculty are engaged in research in a variety of subjects in the earth and environmental sciences. including hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, applied geophysics. geospatial analysis and remote sensing, paleoecology and sedimentary environments, and complexity in earth processes. Wright State University was recently placed at #4 in the nation in research productivity among small universities (i.e., with less than 15 Ph.D. programs). We offer a well-rounded education to our students in both the basic sciences and its practical application.  An M.S. degree from Wright State will provide an excellent education and solid preparation whether one decides to begin a professional career or pursue a Ph.D. Our graduates have the ability to address complex, real-world challenges since they acquire a strong foundation in the basic sciences and advanced training in interdisciplinary and emerging fields. The employment opportunities for our graduates continue to be strong, and their record of professional growth is excellent. Several companies visit the campus and recruit from amongst our graduates every year. If you are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, please visit the Environmental Science Doctoral Program website; also see the research projects of the Ph.D. students in EES department.

Our research facilities include 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 provide our graduates with experience and training in field data acquisition, modern analytical techniques, sophisticated data processing, and computer modeling. We also stress the development of written and oral communications skills. We offer a variety of graduate courses to ensure interdisciplinary training in earth and environmental science subjects, and hands-on and field experiences during summer months. Our faculty are engaged in world-class research on a variety of earth & environmental science topics. 

Wright State offers 150 undergraduate degree programs and 145 graduate and professional programs. A suburban research university that offers one of the lowest tuition rates in Ohio, Wright State is home to more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students and saw nearly $94 million in research awards in 2015-16. The school located in Dayton, Ohio, has awarded more than 123,000 degrees. Wright State University was recently ranked #4 in the nation in research productivity among small universities (with less than 15 Ph.D. programs). Recognition of Wright State University's success is increasing every year among the national rankings reports used by families to evaluate and make their college choices. Read more university Quick facts.

I encourage you to visit our campus to meet our faculty members, and for a tour of our laboratory and research facilities. Please feel free to contact me through phone, (937) 775-3457 or email if you have any question about the graduate programs and the admission process. I look forward to talking with you soon. Please let me know if you would like to visit our campus. We look forward to hearing from you. The following link allows you to send some information about yourself. That way, we can better direct you to the faculty and programs that best fit your interests.

R. W. Ritzi, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor of Hydrogeology
Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Programs
Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-2201