Department of Geosciences

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 Most Unknown” is an innovative documentary that explores some of the universe’s toughest questions.
Penn State to screen film that takes unique approach to science storytelling

"The Most Unknown," a feature-length documentary that follows nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world, to be screened 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Pike Auditorium, 22 BBH (Biobehavioral Health Building) on the University Park campus. 

Penn State alumnus Patrick Stephens has a longtime affinity for maps
EMS alumnus maps out dream career while seeing the world

Schreyer Honors College and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences graduate Patrick Stephens models three-dimensional terrain around the world while continuing to build his own cartography business.

Rocks and minerals used in the production of art between the Prehistoric Era and Early Modern period.
Exhibition showcases 'Rocks, Minerals and the History of Art' Oct. 1-6


An exhibition held Oct. 1-6 will showcase the research and materials for a new course that investigates a select group of rocks and minerals used in the production of art between the Prehistoric Era and Early Modern period.

Paleontologist Ellen Currano removes a faux beard from her face for "The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science.”
'The Bearded Lady Project,' documentary screening, discussion on Sept. 23

"The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science" is a documentary and photographic project about women working in the male-dominated field of paleontology. It celebrates the contributions of women scientists and highlights the challenges and obstacles they face. Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will host a screening of the 22-minute documentary and presentation, followed by a panel discussion, question-and-answer session and reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in 22 Deike Building on the University Park campus. The events are free and open to the public.

Representatives of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences met with those of Montan University
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to partner with Montan University Leoben

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Montan University Leoben, in Leoben, Austria, to develop a student exchange partnership that will link two educational institutions known for their expertise in sustainable approaches to materials sciences, mining and geosciences, with additional partnership opportunities with Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.