Department of Geosciences

Associate Professor: Besancon, Brabander (Chair), Hawkins
Assistant Professor: Monecke
Instructor in Geosciences Laboratory: Gilbert, Waller

Geoscience is the study of the Earth and all its systems. Interactions between the solid earth, the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere continually reshape the Earth. Geoscientists investigate these interactions using interdisciplinary approaches to address questions related to how the Earth formed, how it evolved over geologic time, and how its continued evolution affects the environment in which we live. Understanding the Earth’s many linked systems is increasingly important if we are to make informed decisions about the critical environmental issues facing humanity, including global climate change, sea-level rise, shortages of drinking water, health hazards posed by materials in our urban environment, and mitigation of threats from earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods and other natural hazards. The Department of Geosciences offers courses on the nature and history of the Earth, the processes that shape the Earth, the impacts those processes have on human populations, and our ability to live sustainably. Student research opportunities complement the program of study.



Departments and Programs