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The Department of Geological Sciences is the main academic unit of the Jackson School. Founded in 1888, the Department is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious geoscience programs in the world. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Department’s graduate program in the top ten nationally for earth sciences, the only program in Texas with this distinction. The Department also has top ten specialty rankings in geology and geophysics/seismology.

With 58 faculty members, the Department is among the largest and most academically diverse in the world. The Department is home to one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrollments – 687 – of any major geoscience program. We also have nearly 4,800 alumni.

The Department has strong ties to industry due to its large size, prestigious alumni, and geographic proximity to Houston, home to about two-thirds of the country’s professional geologists. Students further benefit from opportunities for employment, research assistantships, and academic credit working with Jackson School scientists at the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.

Research Updates

Gary Kocurek is part of a team that announced evidence from the Mars Curiosity rover of a past freshwater lake that could have sustained life.
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A Classroom at the Edge of the World

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