Department of Geosciences

Baylor Geosciences focuses on integrative and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service in Earth and planetary sciences.
About the Photo Overlook of Shadow Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest in eastern California.


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

Texas Cave Sediment Upends Meteorite Explanation for Global Cooling Jul. 31, 2020 WACO, Texas (July 31, 2020) – Texas researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor University and Texas A&M University have discovered evidence for why the earth cooled dramatically 13,000 years ago, dropping temperatures by about 3 degrees Centigrade. Kenny Befus—Reading the Clues in Minerals and Gemstones Jun. 25, 2020 Kenny Befus, assistant professor of geosciences, is one of four Baylor faculty members to earn CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation this spring. Learn more about his research studying strains in minerals and gemstones as a record of geological forces. Baylor Faculty Earn Four NSF CAREER Development Awards Jun. 25, 2020 WACO, Texas (June 25, 2020) – Baylor University’s drive toward Research 1 (R1) status received a major boost this spring as four faculty members earned prestigious CAREER development awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants represent the largest number of CAREER awards earned by Baylor faculty in a single semester and nearly doubled the University’s total number of active CAREER awards to nine. Climate Warning at Africa’s Lake Victoria Jun. 9, 2020 Baylor professors offer warning as climate change has potential to dry world’s largest tropical lake more quickly than anticipated.
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Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361