Founded in 1888, the Department of Geological Sciences—the main academic unit of the Jackson School of Geosciences—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.

With a research program that seeks to address the most pressing issues of the 21st century while also exploring fundamental questions in geoscience, the Department is among the largest and most academically diverse in the world. Over 50 faculty as well as hundreds of scientists at the Jackson School’s two world-renowned research institutes, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics, are a part of the program.

The Department is home to one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrollments of any major geoscience program and has over 5,000 alumni. Fieldwork is integral to the educational experience, from annual undergraduate field classes to the global research conducted by both graduate and undergraduate students.