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Welcome to the Department of Geosciences (GEOS)! Our department was formed in 2008 and continues to grow and expand as we work to offer a more diverse and varied program, while remaining focused on academic, research, and outreach oriented studies. We currently have 10 faculty and 2 adjunct faculty members. Our department includes disciplines of geospatial sciences (geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features on, above, and below the Earth's surface),  geography, climate and climate change, natural hazards, hydrology and watershed management, soil engineering, paleontology (the study of past life and environments), geology and geologic resources. We work closely with our sister unit, the Museum of Natural History at the Gray Fossil Site, to offer hands-on experiences for our students.

In 2015, GEOS faculty created the new BS in Geosciences degree program. A set of four concentrations provide more-than-adequate breadth and depth to the new degree. The concentration electives and the guided electives allow students to customize their programs of study. For instance, in Geospatial Science and through prudent use of electives, one can customize the emphasis within this concentration for archeology, public health, criminal justice, surveying, biology or geology. This customization is to tailor the degree to the student's chosen profession.

In 2011, we began the Master of Science in Geosciences degree program which has concentrations in Geospatial Analysis and Paleontology. 

Please join us as we continue to grow!


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