Department of Geosciences

Baylor Geosciences focuses on integrative and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service in Earth and planetary sciences.
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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

Crustal Block Tectonics Offer Clues to Venus’ Geology, Study Finds Jun. 21, 2021 WACO, Texas (June 21, 2021) – A new analysis of Venus’ surface shows evidence of tectonic motion in the form of crustal blocks that have jostled against each other like broken chunks of pack ice. Published in PNAS, the study — which includes contributions by Baylor University planetary physicist Peter James, Ph.D. — found that the movement of these blocks could indicate that Venus is still geologically active and give scientists insight into both exoplanet tectonics and the earliest tectonic activity on Earth. Memorial Service for Dr. Scott C. James May 18, 2021 Memorial Service Information for Dr. Scott James Passing of Dr. Scott C. James, Associate Professor of Geosciences May 6, 2021 It is with great sadness that the Department of Geosciences announces the death of Associate Professor Scott C. James, who died suddenly on May 2, 2021 while visiting family in California. Study Offers Earliest Evidence of Humans Changing Ecosystems with Fire May 5, 2021 WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Mastery of fire has given humans dominance over the natural world. A Yale-led study – with contributions from a Baylor University paleoclimatologist – provides the earliest evidence to date of ancient humans significantly altering entire ecosystems with flames.
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Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361