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

New Way of Analyzing Soil Organic Matter Will Help Predict Climate Change, Baylor University Researcher Says Sep. 24, 2020 WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2020) – A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon — and how soil carbon may affect climate in the future, says a Baylor University researcher. Baylor Geosciences Graduate Student Received Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Sep. 15, 2020 Congratulations to Sam Barber, MS candidate in the Department of Geosciences, for being selected as a recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for summer 2020. 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.
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Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361