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Department of Geosciences

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

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, DePauw University is transitioning to remote e-learning instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  Department of Geoscience faculty and staff will be observing social distancing, so they may be working remotely from home and/or may not be in their office at set times.  Please direct questions to us using the contact information below, and we'll respond as soon as possible (in general our virtual business hours will be similar to our normal business hours).

Scott Wilkerson (chair) - mswilke@depauw.edu - 765-658-4666
Ken Brown - kennethbrown@depauw.edu  - 765-658-6767
Tim Cope - tcope@depauw.edu - 765-658-6443
Jim Mills - jmills@depauw.edu - 765-658-4669
Fred Soster - fsoster@depauw.edu - 765-658-4670
Rachel Curtis (administrative assistant) - rcurtis@depauw.edu - 765-658-4654

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.  


Geology, Environmental Geoscience, Earth Science, and Geography (minor only).  

The Environmental Geoscience major & minor utilize environmental courses from many other disciplines across campus to provide an environmental concentration in the areas of Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.  Read more...

Why Major in the Geosciences AT DEPAUW?

Department of Geosciences’ graduates have been very successful in...

  • pursuing careers in environmental consulting, mining & energy industries, education, and government direct from DePauw, and
  • being admitted to prestigious graduate programs nationwide
    (with stipends of $15,000-$28,000 per year on top of full tuition waivers).  Read more...