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.

News

Joshua Woda, a graduate student in geosciences at Penn State, measures methane concentrations in the air. Gas bubbles out of the
Ground and stream water clues reveal shale drilling impacts
11/19/2018

Chemical clues in waters near Marcellus Shale gas wells in rural Pennsylvania can identify new drilling-related sources of methane contamination, according to scientists.


ALLWE survey
Assessment of the Living, Learning, and Working Environment (ALLWE) survey
11/14/2018

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is conducting an Assessment of the Living, Learning, and Working Environment (ALLWE) in the college. Deadline to take survey is November 30, 2018.


Tanya Furman, professor of geosciences, was appointed president-elect of AGU education section
Furman named president-elect of new American Geophysical Union section
11/08/2018

Tanya Furman, professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, was appointed president-elect of the newly formed education section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).


An inaugural undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students.
Inaugural research symposium offers chance for undergraduates to showcase skills
11/08/2018

An inaugural University-wide undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students in STEM fields.


'The Bearded Lady Project' exhibit in Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery reexamines faces of science.
'The Bearded Lady Project' exhibit opens in EMS Museum and Art Gallery
11/06/2018

'The Bearded Lady Project' photography exhibit, which highlights women in science and draws attention to issues they face, is now open in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery.