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
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!
Yvette Pereyra has been selected to receive travel support by the NSF Critical Zone Observatory Program to present her research at an upcoming meeting. The 10th international "Geochemistry of the Earth's surface" meeting will be held in the historic center of Paris, and emphasize the most recent developments on the geochemistry of the Critical Zone, the Earth's surface layer between rocks and sky.
More awards for our undergraduates! Chloe DesVoignes (Geology) and Samira Armijos (Environmental Science) won first place and honorable mention, respectively, for their posters at the recent 2014 COURI symposium. For a complete list of results, click here.