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.