Geosciences

Students studying in Cape Ann
Cape Ann 2010
Student on a hike in New Zealand
South Island, New Zealand 2010
Student pose in front of steam from the White Island Volcano
White Island volcano
Students line up near the Normal Fault
Normal Fault, California
Students sit along a tuff bed in California
Tuff beds, California
Students sit on cliff in SouthPoint Hawaii
South Point, Hawaii

Geoscience is the study of the Earth and all its systems.

Interactions between the solid earth, the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere continually reshape the Earth. Geoscientists investigate these interactions using transdisciplinary approaches to address questions related to how the Earth formed, how it evolved over geologic time, and how its continued evolution affects the environment in which we live. Understanding the Earth’s many linked systems is increasingly important if we are to make informed decisions about issues facing humanity, including global climate change, shortages of drinking water, health hazards posed by materials in our urban environment, and mitigation of threats from earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, and other natural hazards.