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

Students who study the geosciences at DePauw University gain an understanding of geological features and processes that shape the Earth. Graduates of the geoscience program are well-positioned to seek substantive solutions to applied, real-world problems such as dwindling natural resources, disposal of dangerous waste products, 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

GRADUATE INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

Boston College, Brooklyn College, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan Tech University, Northern Illinois University, Rice University, Stanford University, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Illinois, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, University of San Antonio, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Texas-Austin, University of Wyoming, Vanderbilt University

Profile and Courses

Sample Courses

  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Geology of America’s National Parks
  • Earth and the Environment
  • Energy and the Environment
  • 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

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. A senior staff geologist at Geosyntec Consultants Inc. in
Boca Raton, Fla., she also is president of the Association for Women Geoscientists.

STUDENT PROFILE

STEPHEN DOBBS ’15

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.

Faculty

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.

Jim Mills, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Named Exemplary Teacher of the Year in 2014 by the United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Used a National Science Foundation grant to semi-automate the X-ray diffraction/fluorescence machine at DePauw. Received a grant from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology for his geologic mapping in the Hoover Dam region.

Fred Soster, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Received a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award to measure floodplain sedimentation rates and a DePauw faculty fellowship to track sediment sources and transport distances in the Big Walnut Creek watershed in Putnam County, Ind.

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.