The University of Texas at El Paso was founded in 1914 as the Texas College of Mines, and thus the geological sciences have played a key role in the institution since its inception. The Department of Geological Sciences has the oldest PhD program in the university and is housed in well-equipped, 90,000 sq. ft. building that dominates the center of the campus. The department has evolved greatly over the years and maintained a long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research. We offer research opportunities in many areas of the geological sciences and are particularly proud of the fact that our graduate students obtain Master's and Ph.D. degrees making them employable in a variety of professional career options.
The Department of Geological Sciences offers degree programs in both Geological Sciences and Environmental Sciences in conjunction with faculty from the Biological Science and Chemistry departments.
Graduate contact Adriana E. Perez
Geological Sciences Program
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Geological Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geological Sciences
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geophysics
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences
Environmental Sciences Program
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Environmental Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science
News & Events
Join the Geological Sciences Department on Saturday October 4th from 12-4pm at UTEP’s Geology building to celebrate Earth Science Week. This year’s theme highlight’s “Earth’s Connected Systems” and aims to educate the communities youth and general public about the critical role geosciences plays in our understanding of the natural world. A number of activities, including a rock and mineral auction, will be available and we encourage everyone to bring along and involve their families. Don’t forget to bring your appetites as well because we will also be hosting a free BBQ for those attending!
For up to date information regarding UTEP’s Earth Science Week and pictures of last year’s event visit our Facebook page.
Chloe DesVoignes Glover, an undergraduate student in the Geological Sciences program was selected for a COURI research award. The collaborative program between COURI and the Division of Student Affairs On Campus Student Employment program allows students to receive compensation and participate in professional development workshops, while conducting research under the mentorship of their chosen research advisor.
Our own Dr. Tom Gill was recently featured on KTEP's 100@100 radio program. Dr. Gill spoke about his research studying dust, and has found that the tiniest speck of dust can impact health, the environment, and infrastructure. The shape of a dust particle has even been found to have an impact on the climate. Listen to Dr. Gill's radio interview here.
Graduate student Kyle Deatrick has received one of the 2014 ExxonMobil/GSA Student Geoscience Grants. New in 2014, ExxonMobil recognizes 10 of the top 30 GSA student research grant proposals with a grant of US$7,500 each.
... and stay warm out there!