The Department of Geosciences pursues fundamental, cutting–edge and strategic research in areas of the geosciences that have great societal impact and educates students for careers that advance the forefront of knowledge in the geosciences. It focus on development and management of natural resources, assessment of natural hazards, understanding of processes that modify the Earth’s surface and how they respond to natural and anthropogenic forces, and investigation of the habitability of Earth and other planets in the past, present and future. View the information below to learn more.
Department of Geosciences - Pushing the Frontiers of Research
An international leader in the geosciences, Penn State University is pushing the frontiers of research. With new instruments and new, cutting-edge techniques, students and researchers are addressing societal relevant problems that will sustain us all into the future.
The geosciences fields are at a turning point, where the jobs of the next 50 years are likely to be quite different from the jobs of the last 50 years. As the world’s dependence on energy increases, it is becoming increasingly clear that the ways in which those energy needs must be met are changing.
In the late 1940s, a budding electrical engineer named Hu Barnes spent the summer working with General Radio Company. In a time before the widespread use of computers, he watched as doctoral students toiled over drafting tables.