Department of Geosciences

Baylor Geosciences focuses on integrative and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service in Earth and planetary sciences.
About the Photo Students relaxing around the campfire following a day of fieldwork at Honaker Trail, Utah.


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

Tiny Fossils at Waco mammoth site may help fill in bigger prehistoric picture Jan. 24, 2023 A 1-millimeter fish vertebra and a slightly longer, unidentified bone recently found at the Waco Mammoth National Monument will tell researchers more about the area’s ecosystem during the lives of the Columbian mammoths whose remains were found there. Baylor student research group receives $260,000 grant from NASA to research volcanoes on the moon Jan. 18, 2023 WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Baylor’s Planetary Research Group is starting off the semester with a $260,000 grant from NASA to assist in research about the light-colored volcanoes on the moon. Baylor Planetary Research Group Earns NASA Grant to Study Density of the Moon's 'Weird' Volcanoes Jan. 9, 2023 WACO, Texas (Jan. 9, 2023) Silicic volcanoes on the Moon, specifically the mysterious Gruithuisen Domes, are a lunar geologic mystery that still perplexes scientists more than half a century after they were discovered. Based on early telescopic and spacecraft observations, these extinct volcanoes have long been suspected to be silicic in composition, in some ways similar to terrestrial strato volcanoes like Mount St. Helens in Washington state. Ph.D. Student, Nick Wagner, to participate in NASA InSight Meeting Nov. 7, 2022 Ph.D. student, Nick Wagner, will be travelling to London to obverse and participate in a science team meeting for NASA's InSight mission. The program is called InSight Seers and its designed to allow early career researchers to observe and interact with mission scientists. Nick will be participating in science lectures and working group meetings within the science team meeting. Congratulations, Nick!
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Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361