Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences!
The Department of Earth Sciences was formed in 2002 as part of the College of Arts
and Sciences on the main campus of the University of Memphis. Our 14 full-time represent
the diverse disciplines of Archaeology, Geography, Geology, and Geophysics. The 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. Earth Sciences
maintains close ties to several centers and institutes on-campus: the Center for
Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), the Center for Partnerships in GIS (CPGIS), the Ground Water Institute (GWI), Chucalissa Museum, and the Confucius Institute (CIUM). Our Archaeology faculty have common interests with other Archaeology-related programs at the University of Memphis.
Our undergraduate degree is a B.A. 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. Students interested in graduate degree programs
in geophysics should contact CERI for more information. 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. Our program maintains its greatest strength
in its research focus areas:
Many aspects of these research foci take advantage of our location along the Lower
Mississippi River, which is both near the New Madrid Seismic Zone as well as the region
where native American cultures thrived during the pre-Columbian era. However, our
laboratory for field studies ranges across the globe.
We invite you to explore our web site to learn about the types of earth science that
we do and educational opportunities that we offer. Please feel free to contact any
member of the Department of Earth Sciences for further information.
Check out our recent publications to see specific projects that our faculty and students
have been doing:
2013 DES Publications
2012 DES Publications
2011 DES Publications
2010 DES Publications
2009 DES Publications