Baylor University
Department of Geology
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Petroleum Geosciences



Many students engaged in graduate studies in the Baylor Geology Department enter the petroleum industry after completion of their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees; it is well-known that the petroleum industry highly values Baylor Geology students who receive our well-rounded graduate education. Three programs are especially engaged in preparing students for the petroleum industry, through a combination of specific course materials, internships, and specific projects that are in some case supported by industry.

Participating Baylor Faculty

Dr. Stacy Atchley - Applied Petroleum Studies

Professor (Ph.D., University of Nebraska Lincoln)

Research Interests:
• Petroleum Geology
• Applied Sequence Stratigraphy
• Paleopedologic Applications to Sequence Stratigraphy


Dr. Vince Cronin - Structural Geology

Professor (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)

Research Interests:
• Structural geology
• Neotectonics/paleoseismology
• Plate kinematics
• Engineering geology


Dr. John Dunbar - Geophysics

Professor (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)

Research Interests:
• Exploration geophysics
• Basin analysis
• Geodynamics


Dr. Jay Pulliam - Geophysics

W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geophysics (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)

Research Interests:
• Earthquake Seismology
• Geophysics