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Department of Geosciences

Trinity University's department of geosciences brings the tools of physics, chemistry, biology, computational science, and mathematics to bear on the understanding of Earth, our home planet. Our goal is to allow each student to develop a thorough understanding of Earth systems and their transformation through time.

We offer core courses in the fundamentals of geosciences as well as specialized courses including volcanology, geographic information systems, remote sensing, geophysics and hydrology, and our majors enhance their studies with supporting coursework in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. A holistic understanding of geosciences also includes the exploration for, and conservation of, natural resources as well as the impact that humans have had, and will have, on the Earth.

Field work is stressed in all appropriate classes at all levels. The combination of climate and the geographic and geologic setting of San Antonio provides students with many opportunities to develop their geologic education and skills in the field.

Upcoming Geosciences Events

Trinity Geosciences Alumni Reception at GSA

Monday, September 23, 2019
7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Join us at Trinity's spot in the Group Alumni Reception during the Annual Geological Society of America meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Valley of the Sun C. Note that you do not need to be registered for the meeting in order to attend the reception.

Trinity ​Geosciences Alumni Field Trip

Sunday, October 6, 2019
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with optional BBQ dinner to 9 p.m.

Alumni of the Department of Geosciences are invited to reconnect with Geosciences friends and colleagues while revisiting favorite field stops at Canyon Lake Gorge and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Field trip begins and ends at the Bell Center; $50 fee ($30 for Classes of 2015-2019) includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, and libations; optional dinner catered by Cooper's BBQ in Llano's Robinson Park (additional $15 fee). Join us for a fun and informative day (hiking is optional)! Register here by September 29, 2019.

Trinity Geosciences Alum in the News

Adrian Wackett ('14) is quoted in the New York Times, explaining his research into the impact of earthworms on boreal forest ecosystems and the potential implications of their activities for climate change.