Geoscientists investigate the earth in the broadest sense; how it formed, how it evolved and continues to evolve, how Earth systems interact to produce the environment in which we live, and how present and future changes may affect the habitability of Earth.
An understanding of the Earth is an important component of global citizenship. Many critical environmental issues face humanity, including global climate change, water shortages, loss of arable land, natural hazards such as earthquakes and flooding, and the availability of petroleum and other energy resources.
The central goal of Denison's Department of Geosciences is to educate students about the nature and history of the Earth, the processes that shape the Earth and the impacts those processes have on human populations. The department emphasizes field study and hands-on experience in all courses. Class and departmental field trips visit locations from Maine to Costa Rica, and there are numerous opportunities for individual research with faculty.
Denison students with training in the geosciences will contribute to solving these and other problems, while increasing opportunities for humans to live sustainably on the Earth.