University of Memphis - Department of Earth Sciences

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The Department of Earth Sciences (DES) was formed in 2002 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences on the main campus of the University of Memphis. Our 29 full-time and associated faculty represent the diverse disciplines of Archaeology, Geography, Geology, and Geophysics.  The DES faculty foster an interdisciplinary approach to Earth Science studies and research, allowing  faculty and students to pursue diverse and innovative education and research studies that might be difficult in more traditional academic departments.  Some of our faculty work at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), whereas others have close ties to the Ground Water Institute (GWI), Chucalissa Museum, and Confucius Institute (CIUM).  DES Archaeology faculty have common interests with other Archaeology-related programs at the University of Memphis

Our undergraduate degree programs include the B.A. and B.S. in Geography and the B.S. in Earth Sciences, with several concentrations offered in each degree program.  Our course offerings, which are thorough and demanding in all areas, range from cultural and human geographic courses to quantitative and analytical geophysics courses.  Opportunities for coursework in societally relevant areas, such as environmental science and issues, hazards, geographic information science, and natural resource management abound at several levels.

At the graduate level, the M.A. degree is awarded in Geography and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences.  Our graduate program encourages academic and personal growth of students through coursework, research, and professional development opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate research in a wide range of typical disciplinary areas as well as interdisciplinary studies.

Source: Department Website August 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Earth Sciences
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics, Geology, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Structure and Tectonics
  • Degrees: BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD
  • State: Tennessee
  • City: Memphis
  • Phone: (901) 678-2177