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Geology and Environmental Geoscience

An understanding of the earth’s environmental problems and their potential solutions.

Students who study geology and environmental geoscience at DePauw University gain an understanding of geological features and processes that shape the Earth. Graduates of the geology and environmental geoscience program are well-positioned to seek substantive solutions to applied, real-world problems pertaining to geology and environmental science, such as dwindling natural resources that affect everything from fossil fuel resources to minerals critical for renewable energy solutions; contamination of Earth's air, water and soil; destructive earthquakes and hurricanes; and dramatic effects of global climate change.

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Career Options

Anthropologist/archaeologist, Atmospheric scientist, Civil engineer, Environmental engineer/consultant, Environmental scientist, Geological and petroleum technician, Geologist, Geochemist, Geophysicist, Hydrologist, Mining and geological engineer, National Park Service ranger, Natural science manager, Oceanographer, Paleontologist, Planetary geologist, Petroleum engineer/geologist, Renewable energy consultant, Seismologist, Volcanologist


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Profile and Courses

Sample Courses

  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Geology of America’s National Parks
  • Earth and the Environment
  • Energy, Environment, & Climate
  • Weather, Climate and Climate Change
  • Geological Field Experiences
  • Mineralogy
  • Map Interpretation
  • Geochemistry
  • Applied Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Historical Geology
  • Sedimentation & Stratigraphy
  • Petrology
  • Structural Geology & Tectonics

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Student Profile


Mackenzie Cremeans ’14, an environmental geoscience and English literature double major who won several prestigious scholarships while at DePauw, went on to conduct graduate-level research for her doctoral degree. While currently a hydrogeologist at Shook, Hardy, and Bacon in Kansas City, MO, Mackenzie previously worked as a senior staff geologist at Geosyntec Consultants Inc. in Boca Raton, FL, and is a past-president of the Association for Women Geoscientists.



Stephen Dobbs ’15, a geology major, won the Ferid Murad Medal (named for Nobel laureate Ferid Murad ’58), which recognizes the senior who has had the most significant scholarly or artistic achievements during his/her/their time at DePauw. He twice was honorably mentioned for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University.


Ken Brown, Ph.D., Miami University. His primary research combines fieldwork, elemental and isotopic analyses, geochronology, and high-spatial resolution techniques to place important constraints on ancient volcanic systems and the assembly of continents. Dr. Brown also conducts environmental research aimed at characterizing heavy metal contamination within urban environments.

Tim Cope, Ph.D., Stanford University. Received a National Science Foundation award and a DePauw faculty fellowship to study tectonic development and the geologic history of Northeast China. Has led numerous summer research field expeditions to China.

Scott Wilkerson, Ph.D., University of Illinois. Received an American Chemical Society/Petroleum Research Fund Award and a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award to study the 2-D and 3-D geometry of fault-related folds. Was recognized by the Geological Society of America for one of the top geoscience papers published in 2016. 

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