Earth Sciences @ SMU

Earth Sciences serves as a core discipline in Dedman College and helps students understand some of the most pressing issues of our day including climate change, natural resources, and hazards.

The study of the Earth places the consequences of our activities such as pollution, land use, resource exploitation, and population growth into the greater framework of Earth history and planetary evolution.

SMU offers a B.A. and B.S. in Earth Sciences and minors in Geology and Environmental Earth Sciences. The department offers the following graduate programs, Applied Geophysics, M.S., Geology, M.S., Geophysics, M.S., Geology, Ph.D. and Geophysics, Ph.D.

Why Study Earth Sciences at SMU?

If you are interested in relevant global issues such as pollution, global warming, extinctions, planetary evolution, plate tectonics and Earth history, mineral and energy resources, earthquake prediction, or nuclear arms treaty verification, the SMU Department of Earth Sciences is the right place for you!

Department Highlights

Geothermal Lab

The Geothermal Lab strives to broaden the understanding and use of geothermal energy, from the simplest form - geothermal heat pumps for buildings, to the large-scale deployment of geothermal power plants providing energy for our cities.

Events and Seminars

Join our free Earth Sciences Seminar Series featuring visiting speakers from around the world. Open to the public.

Recent News

Learn about faculty and student research in the news.

Labs and Facilities

Important research is done in many of our labs and facilities across campus. 

News and Announcements

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