Baylor University
Department of Geosciences
College of Arts and Sciences


Baylor University stresses both undergraduate and graduate research. Soon after beginning advanced work, the student is urged to select an independent research problem leading to a thesis. No restriction is placed on the field or the geographic area of interest, provided adequate supervision can be assured.

The department is ideally located for studies of environmental geology, hydrogeology/hydrology, remote sensing and geomorphology, paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and petroleum geology of the Paleozoic, Cretaceous, and Tertiary systems. Cretaceous exposures are plentiful and are located within a short drive from campus. Metamorphic and plutonic rock in the Llano area of Central Texas and volcanic rocks in West Texas are exposed within a days drive from the campus. Proximity to the Balcones, Luling, and Mexia-Talco fault zones, as well as the Arbuckle and Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma affords an opportunity for applying principles of structural geology.