Welcome to the Department of Geoscience

offering degrees in Geology, Geography, GIS, and Environmental Science

Student Spotlight

Kimmaree Menendez HorvathKimmaree Menendez Horvath, a senior undergraduate geology and environmental science student,  was selected to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

A 2009 recipient of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Scholarship, Horvath spent 10 weeks with NOAA researchers studying the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef environments. Her work led her to pursue the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, with which she will further study ocean acidification on coral reefs in a natural setting, enabling her to quantitatively decide the effect of CO2 on the corals.

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Student Opportunities

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In the Geoscience program at The University of Akron, you can study

  • environmental and engineering geology
  • structural geology
  • geomicrobiology
  • economic geology
  • geophysics
  • petrology
  • stratigraphy
  • paleontology
  • geography
  • geographic information sciences (GIS)

Our professors direct dozens of graduate students and instruct >100 undergraduates.

An exciting focus within our department is Terrestrial Records of Environmental Change (TREC). This research covers hydrogeology, paleoclimate reconstruction, climate change, glacial geology, modern siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentology, geomorphology, and aqueous geochemistry.

We are a recognized leader in earth science educational research. In our program, you will have access to modern instrumentation for geologic and environmental research. This includes an environmental scanning electron microscope, environmental magnetism laboratory, and a full suite of instruments for aqueous geochemistry.

Degree Programs

We offer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, and students can participate in Honors College programs in coordination with their geology program.

For graduate students, choose from five areas of specialization in Geology and Environmental Science, in addition to programs in Geography and GIS.  Graduate students in the department enjoy a wide range of research opportunities.

Learn more about our academic programs.