Department of Geosciences

Baylor Geosciences focuses on integrative and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service in Earth and planetary sciences.
About the Photo Outcrop description of Late Pennsylvanian strata exposed within the San Juan River canyon at Honaker Trail, southeastern Utah. These outcrops are the basis for one of many field-based projects completed by students during our graduate-level sequence stratigraphy field course.


Research in the Department of Geosciences includes a wide range of topics and disciplines in Earth Sciences including Biogeosciences, Energy Geosciences, Paleoclimate, Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences, Surface and Hydrological Processes, and Lithospheric Processes.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Geosciences offers two graduate degrees: MS and PhD.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Geosciences has three undergraduate programs: Majors in Geology, Geophysics, and Earth Science, minors in Geology and Earth Science, and a secondary major in Geology.

News and Events

From Construction Worker to Award-Winning Geologist: An Outstanding Dissertation Story May 14, 2019 On May 1, I had the privilege of helping recognize our 2019 Outstanding Graduate Students. Six students received Outstanding Graduate Instructor Awards and three students received Outstanding Dissertation Awards. I asked each of the students to speak about their graduate journey as well as a faculty member (either graduate program director or faculty mentor) to speak about the research and teaching success of each student. Read More Logan Wiest awarded 2019 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award May 9, 2019 Congratulations to Department of Geosciences PhD graduate Dr. Logan Wiest! He won the won the 2019 Baylor Graduate School Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Sciences for his dissertation “Taphonomic and Mass-Extinction Research from an Ichnological Perspective. Read More PREHISTORIC WACO: What was Waco like 200 million years ago? May 9, 2019 Millions of years before anyone lived here, nature conditioned Waco as a major crossroads. Dr. Joe Yelderman of Baylor’s Department of Geosciences tells us how geology and natural history played a role in shaping Waco. Read More Accomplishments for our Graduate and Undergraduate programs Mar. 19, 2019 We have two big TEAM accomplishments to report for our graduate and undergraduate programs. Read More

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Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361