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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is to further the understanding of Earth, the solar system, and their histories.

The Department's scope extends from the center of Earth to the rim of the solar system, and its activities cut across traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and mathematics. Our faculty, students, and staff examine Earth's interior structure, chemistry, motion, and dynamics; geologic hazards; processes affecting the surface environment; the surrounding space environment; planetary processes; and geobiology.

We provide a foundation for interdisciplinary teaching and research that is based on the geologic record, and on rigorous observation and modeling of Earth's present state. Our research aims to provide a basis for making accurate predictions of future conditions.

Through these activities, we contribute to the education of undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in science and technology, provide broad educational opportunities about Earth, environmental and space sciences, and conduct outreach on related issues of societal concern.