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Department of Geosciences

Not Your Ordinary Classrooms... Not Your Ordinary Majors...

Geoscientists study the Earth, including the materials that compose it, the processes that continuously change it, and its evolution over time. Geoscientists address increasingly challenging problems that confront a growing human population: climate change, dwindling natural resources, earthquake prediction and natural hazard identification, human environmental impact, and safe disposal of toxic and radioactive waste materials. Because these studies involve investigations of relationships between Earth’s systems, the geosciences are inherently interdisciplinary and include aspects of chemistry, biology and physics.  

MAJORS AND MINORS OFFERED:

Geology, Environmental Geoscience, Earth Science, and Geography (minor only).  
Please note that an Environmental Geoscience minor provides an environmental concentration in concert with other majors.  Read more...

Why Major in the Geosciences?

Department of Geosciences’ graduates have been very successful both in pursuing careers in environmental consulting, mining & energy industries, education, and government direct from DePauw, and in being admitted to prestigious graduate programs nationwide (with stipends of $10,000-$18,000 per year with full tuition waivers).  Read more...