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Our research program brings our faculty and students to every continent on the planet to collect observational data that are ultimately integrated with analytical data acquired in our state-of-the art laboratory and computing facilities.



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Graduate study in the Department of Earth Sciences offers students opportunities for field and laboratory-based geological and geophysical research spanning the Earth’s deep interior, lithosphere and surface on a host of timescales.

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The Department of Earth Sciences offers bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees. The bachelor of science degree is recommended for students intending to pursue a career in the Earth Sciences–either professionally or in academia.

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Holly Michael (University of Delaware)

Apr 27, 2017, 4:00 PM - Apr 27, 2017, 5:00 PM

Heroy 113

Vulnerability of groundwater resources in Bangladesh: Interplay between dense populations, geologic complexity, and large-scale arsenic contamination...

Emily Baker (SU EAR)

Apr 28, 2017, 3:30 PM - Apr 28, 2017, 4:30 PM

Heroy 210


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‘Like Traveling to Another Planet’

Mar 8, 2017, 10:00 AM


Geochemist Breathes New Life into ‘Great Oxidation Event’

Feb 8, 2017, 10:00 AM

 A researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences is providing fresh insights into the “Great Oxidation Event” (GOE), in which oxygen first appeared in the Earth’s atmosphere mo...