This is an exciting time to pursue a degree with the Department of Geological Sciences. It's among the largest and most academically diverse programs in the world, with a strong emphasis on global field work. Students further benefit by working with Jackson School scientists at the school’s two world-renowned research institutes, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.


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The Department of Geological Sciences seeks to answer some of the fundamental questions in earth science and address some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century for the benefit of society.

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.