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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.┬áStudents 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.

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Research in Mexico with GeoSciences

A team of 8 UT Austin undergraduates and 8 UNAM students will work closely with a cross-disciplinary team from Geosciences, Geophysics, and Computing Sciences at...
Drs. Ann Molineux and Rowan Martindale were recently awarded an NSF- Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) award to begin a dramatic improvement in...
Drs. Elizabeth Catlos, Rich Kyle and Brent Elliot were recent awarded an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) award to provide 4 weeks of geological...
Kerry Cook (Professor, DGS) and Edward Vizy (Research Associate, DGS) have been awarded $1.3 Million from the National Science Foundation to study climate processes. One...
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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