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About Us                                                                           Homecoming 2014

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 maintains 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.


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

Graduate contact Adriana E. Perez  


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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Welcome to the Department of Geological Sciences.  There are a lot of exciting things happening right now that make this a great place to work, study, and conduct research.  Our department continues to grow!  This January Drs. Benjamin Brunner and Gail Arnold joined our faculty.  Dr. Brunner brings his enthusiasm for research and teaching subjects in geobiology and light stable isotope geochemistry.  Dr. Arnold will expand her interests in low-temperature metal isotope geochemistry into the realm of ore-realted processes, as well as open up a new series of classes in scientific communication. Recently, Dr. Deana Pennington who specializes in geospatial, integrated modeling and analysis of change in human/environmental systems also joined our team. In January 2015, Dr. Marianne Karplus will join us as a new Assistant Professor in Geophysics.

Our Environmental Science program continues to succeed, adding students and expanding student research endeavors.  Our students in Geology and Geophysics continue to do great work, taking advantage of some outstanding summer field work opportunities. I think this is a great place to study geoscience and it is a great time to be part of our department.  I look forward to our continued growth and success well into the future.

Dr. Laura Serpa

Geological Sciences