About Us

About the Department of Geosciences

The Baylor University Department of Geosciences is a close-knit community of 18 faculty, 6 administrative and technical staff, a freshman laboratory coordinator, and typically several post-doctoral researchers, 40 or so M.S. and Ph.D. students, and 60-80 undergraduate students. We offer a Bachelor of Science in both Geology and Geophysics, and both the Master of Science and doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Geology. Because of our relatively small size, students have ready access to faculty for supplemental classroom instruction and research collaboration. Our teaching and research interests include a wide range of specializations within the broad areas of biogeosciences, energy geosciences, hydrological and surface processes, lithospheric processes, paleoclimate, and solid earth and planetary sciences. Please visit our research and faculty pages to see the variety of exciting research topics that our faculty and students pursue.

The Department of Geosciences is located within the state-of-the-art 200,000 ft2 Baylor Sciences Building (D409, main departmental office) that is purposefully designed for collaborations with faculty and students from our allied departments, such as Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, and Physics. Our facilities are equipped with a wide range of modern analytical instrumentation, computing resources, and specialized research labs described in detail on our facilities page. We also occupy the 5000 ft2 Carlile Geology Research Center , which is connected to the Baylor Sciences Building, and serves as our intersection between the lab and the field housing small research labs and rock preparation and storage facilities.

If you are looking for a program that is vibrant, ambitious, creative, and personable then Baylor Geosciences may be the place for you. For more information, I encourage you to explore our website, our most recent department newsletter, and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages . If you are an alumnus of our department who would like updates on what is happening in the department, please provide us with your contact information here. Please feel free to contact the department or any of our faculty for more information . I also encourage you to stop by for a visit if you ever pass through Waco.

Dr. Stacy Atchley 

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361