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Earth and Environmental Sciences Departmental Goals

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Taking Part in a First-of-its-kind Study

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Studying Earth Structure, Formation, Climate, and Dynamics

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Exploring Global Environmental Issues

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Leading Faculty and Researchers

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Majors & Minors

Choose from geology, environmental science, environmental studies, and geomechanics.

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Graduate Studies

A variety of research choices allows students to specialize in one area, or explore a vast array of interdisciplinary studies.

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Research

We specialize in geochemistry, environmental sciences, palaeomagnetism, geodynamics, geological structure and tectonics.

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Molten lava on the surface of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Researchers solve ‘hot spot’ debate

Volcanic hot spots such as the ones that created the Hawaiian Islands have long been considered stationary points, but new data analyses provide conclusive evidence that hot spots are not fixed but are moving.

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top ranking by Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators

150department papers

cited 2,500 times in a recent 10-year period

Alternative Energy

Combining researchers and resources, the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) works to improve energy systems and to understand the impacts of energy technologies on the environment and human health.

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