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Welcome Dr. James Kubicki

Dear College of Science Faculty, Staff and Students:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. James Kubicki will be joining the College of Science as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at UTEP, effective August 1, 2015.

Dr. Kubicki received his B.S. in Geology from the California State University at Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Yale University. After being trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institute of Washington and the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Kubicki served as a National Research Council Associate and worked as a Senior Principal Engineer for the Computer Sciences Corporation. Since 1998, Dr. Kubicki has been a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, where he most recently held the title of Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.

The teaching and mentoring experience that Dr. Kubicki brings with him is certain to enhance our programs and outcomes, and support UTEP’s mission of access and excellence. He has worked with undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in field, laboratory and classroom settings to promote learning and career preparation. In addition, he has contributed to the development of cross-institutional Centers, is engaged in collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and is committed to science education and outreach to the public.

With a strong history of extramural funding and a publication record that includes nearly 150 articles in a number of peer-reviewed and well-respected journals, Dr. Kubicki is poised to serve as an excellent mentor for researchers at all career stages. His own work is focused on molecular modeling in environmental geochemistry, with current and pending research support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Previous funding sources have also included the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Petroleum Research Fund. He arrives at UTEP with an active grant portfolio of more than $1M.

It is these strengths that give me confidence that Dr. Kubicki will succeed in his new role as Chair and support current and new efforts in research and education. I hope that you will join me in welcoming him to our College and University, and aid him in facilitating the continued growth and success of the Geological Sciences Department.

Dr. Robert Kirken, Dean

College of Science

Degree Programs

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.

Undergraduate Geoscience contact Joel Gilbert --- Undergraduate Environmental Science contact Lina Hamdan

Geological Sciences Program

Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Geological Sciences with concentration in


     Secondary Education

Master's Degree

     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





     Secondary Education

Master's Degree

     Master's of Science  (M.S.) in Environmental Science


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As the new Chairman for UTEP’s Department of Geological Sciences, welcome to our departmental website. What impressed me and brought me from a faculty position at The Pennsylvania State University, was the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic and growing department. The blend of a strong core in Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry with an interdisciplinary Environmental Science program is a powerful combination. We are expanding and will be evolving into a 21st century department designed to address traditional geological problems and to collaborate with researchers across a broad range of disciplines. New instrumentation is being added that complements our strong field science. Themes in Professional & Entrepreneurial Geosciences, Science & Learning Education, and Geospatial Research offer a diverse choice of options toward starting a career. Application of cyberscience and technology such as drone-based and computer-aided geologic mapping put UTEP's Department of Geological Sciences at the forefront of research and education. The department is seeking students and faculty who are interested in a team-based approach to science and solving complex problems in a more comprehensive manner.

Our dedication to teaching remains a core value, and the expanded interactions with other faculty at UTEP and elsewhere will enhance learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. We have over 230 undergraduate and graduate students who come to us with tremendously diverse educational backgrounds with a common goal - to increase their proficiency in Earth and environmental science for the betterment of society. Additionally, we serve non-major students who take our courses in order to broaden the public understanding of the Earth and our environment. The Department’s faculty and staff are contributors to UTEP’s mission of educating today's generation of students. Students are fundamentally essential to our mission and are of critical importance to solve current Earth and environmental problems.

For answers to your questions you may have about the department, please contact us.

Dr. James Kubicki

Chair, Geological Sciences