The Department of Geosciences is a top-ranked student-centered research department. In a 2010 national survey of graduate programs published by US News and World Report, the Department of Geosciences is ranked #1 in Geology, #7 in Earth Sciences, and #10 in Geochemistry. Our students and faculty are engaged in active research on understanding Earth processes such as how mountains form, why earthquakes occur, how continents evolve, how landscapes develop, how mineral resources form, and what controls climate and global warming. The faculty and staff are committed to providing undergraduate and graduate students with an atmosphere that facilitates their learning and career preparation, and an environment that encourages the production of significant new knowledge about the Earth Sciences -- knowledge that can be applied to the solution of society's problems and contribute to our fundamental understanding of how the Earth works.
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