Karl Grette with his poster at the UMass Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2013.

The whole 2011 Colorado Plateau 5 College Geology Field Trip - led by Mark Leckie, David Boutt,... Read more

Grad student Sean Regan and alum Kevin Mahan (PhD 2006, now prof at University of Colorado)... Read more

Alum Mike Retelle (PhD 1985) directing traffic at the Chard Pond stop on the Geosciences Alumni... Read more

Students from the Urbino Summer School of Paleoclimatology, including UMass Grad students Chris... Read more

The department enjoyed a bumper crop of graduating PhD students in May of 2011. Pictured are... Read more

Late summer sunset in the Hign Arctic as Professor Ray Bradley works to utilize the remaining... Read more

Alum Ayla Heinze Fry measures the thickness of a coral-limestone pyroclastic deposit while on... Read more

Welcome to UMass Geosciences!

Save the Date for THE GEOSCIENCES ALUMNI REUNION II - October 3 to 5, 2014

The Department Newsletter is available! Click here for the PDF.

Click here to view the Department Calendar of Events

We are a dynamic and growing department within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts, a Research 1 University.

Why Geosciences, Why Now?

…Because we are experiencing ‘global environmental change’ at an unprecedented rate; not only in our physical world, but in societies worldwide as well. The issues are compelling, complex, and current. We must better understand our home planet’s history, its processes, hazards, resources, and environments, as well as our impact on it.

Where we live – our environment – impacts who we are, how we interact with other people and communities, and how we use and conserve resources. In the Department of Geosciences, we explore Earth’s past and present. We use relevant and rigorous skills to address the key environmental challenges that human society is facing today. We study environments on and in the Earth, how these formed, and how they are changing. We examine the inter-relationships between the environment and human societies, economies, and cultures. Earth’s history, Earth’s future - together these define our environment and our place in it. See Career Opportunities to learn more about career options and trends in Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science.

The Earth is Calling, Will You Answer?

Upcoming Events

October 3, 2014 - 12:00pm
UMass Department of Geosciences ,
October 3, 2014 - 3:30pm
Matt Golombek , Earth and Space Sciences Division Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena
October 9, 2014 - 5:30pm
Jared Cohon , Carnegie Mellon University

Contact us

Department of Geosciences
611 North Pleasant Street
233 Morrill Science Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9297

Phone: (413) 545-2286
Fax: (413) 545-1200

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