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The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University focuses on research and education on the materials of which Earth is made, the physical and chemical processes acting upon them, how landscapes evolve under those processes, and the history of Earth and its life. We maintain a tradition of field-oriented instruction, taking advantage of our location, although our research is largely conducted in laboratories and on computers. Follow this link to see the Department's Mission Statement.

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What Is Geoscience?

The Geosciences, or Earth Sciences, include classical Geology as well as interdisciplinary study of the solid Earth’s interactions with water and hydrologic systems, climate systems, and biologic systems. Geoscientists use approaches from other disciplines to study our planet, such as in geophysics, geochemistry, and paleobiology and paleoecology. Geoscientists have important roles in the discovery and management of mineral, energy, and water resources, environmental and natural-hazard studies, land management, and education.