Earth Sciences have been an integral part of the University of Missouri- Rolla since its founding, just after the Civil War, as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. Because of the school's tradition and location near the Tri-State and Southeast Missouri Lead-Zinc districts the past emphasis of the department has been in metals exploration and mining geology.The department has a long and proud history of faculty and students who have contributed to the advancement of the geological sciences and to minerals exploration. While still maintaining its traditional role in mining, the department has expanded to include those fields of geology and geophysics pertaining to the petroleum and environmental fields.
During the past ten years graduates have been remarkably successful in finding employment in the mining, petroleum and environmental industries as well as employment in research laboratories of the government.It is our intention to provide the undergraduate student with a sufficiently diverse and complete education that he or she may seek employment in any area of the earth sciences or to pursue graduate work. Graduate students receive the specialized training necessary to ensure professional success and leadership roles in industry, government, or academic institutions.
Source: Department Website July 2010