May 23, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 

Geology and Environmental Geosciences (GEOL)

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The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences offers a B.S. degree with emphases in geology, environmental geosciences, and earth science teaching. The environmental geosciences emphasis includes cross-disciplinary study with other departments. The emphases are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in environmental geology, geology and hydrogeology, secondary teaching, and other professions that utilize geoscience information. The program also prepares students for graduate study in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, oceanography, hydrogeology, and other environmental fields. The program is flexible to accommodate the needs of students with a variety of interests. For this reason, the student must consult with a departmental adviser at the earliest possible opportunity to plan a program of courses that will fulfill her or his objectives.

The department’s 100-level courses can be used by non-majors toward fulfilling the science area requirement of the university’s general education program. A minor is offered in geology and environmental geosciences which should be of interest to majors in geography, biology, physics, and chemistry. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. A departmental honors program is available for outstanding students.

Geology and Environmental Geosciences Faculty

Jonathan H. Berg, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Distinguished Research Professor, professor emeritus
Philip J. Carpenter, Ph.D., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, professor
Justin P. Dodd, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, assistant professor
Mark P. Fischer, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, professor
Mark R. Frank, Ph.D., University of Maryland, associate professor
Nicole D. LaDue, Ph.D., Michigan State University, assistant professor
Melissa E. Lenczewski, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, associate professor
Carla W. Montgomery, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, professor emeritus
Eugene C. Perry, Jr., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, professor emeritus
Ryan M. Pollyea, Ph.D.,, University of Idaho, assistant professor
Ross D. Powell, Ph.D., Ohio State University, Distinguished Research Professor, Board of Trustees Professor
Reed P. Scherer, Ph.D., Ohio State University, Distinguished Research Professor, Board of Trustees Professor 
Nathan D. Stansell, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, assistant professor
Paul R. Stoddard, Ph.D., Northwestern University, associate professor
James A. Walker, Ph.D., Rutgers University, professor

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