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

Congratulations to our Spring Geosciences Graduates May 15, 2023 Baylor Geosciences congratulates our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Baylor Geosciences Ph.D. student, Toluwaleke Ajayi, Receives Distinguished Scholarship from the American Institute of Professional Geologist May 2, 2023 Congratulations to Geosciences Ph.D. candidate, Toluwaleke Ajayi, who was presented “the most distinguished scholarship awarded by the AIPG in Texas”, the Shoemaker Scholarship. District representative, James Henderson, drove to Waco to personally present Toluwaleke with a check for $2,500.00, a plaque memorializing Mr. Ajayi’s award, and a book entitled “Shoemaker: The Man Who Made an Impact.” Baylor scientist makes paradigm-shifting discoveries about Africa Apr. 24, 2023 Two teams of researchers, one led by a Baylor University geoscientist, working together in Kenya and Uganda for the past 10 years to study fossils of plants and animals, discovered a prehistoric Africa different than previously envisioned. Decade-long Research by Baylor Geoscientist, Researchers Pushes Back Africa’s Prehistoric Timeline by Over 10 Million Years Apr. 13, 2023 WACO, Texas (April 13, 2023) – Something as simple as a grass can fundamentally change the understanding of life in the prehistoric world. A pair of studies funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the journal Science document the earliest evidence for locally abundant C4 grasses in eastern Africa and how C4 grasses and open habitats influenced early ape evolution.
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Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361