About the Department

About the Department of Geology & Geophysics...

The Department of Geology, established in 1922, and the Department of Geophysics, established in 1966, merged in 1994 to form the Department of Geology and Geophysics. The merger has enhanced interaction of faculty and students in the two disciplines, promoted interdisciplinary research, and encouraged students to gain a broader-based geoscience education.

In the Fall of 2007, the Department has 157 undergraduate majors, 79 graduate students, and 37 faculty members. There are also several faculty emeriti and additional faculty members holding adjunct positions. The diverse research interests of the faculty include environmental geology and geophysics, engineering geology and geophysics, geochemistry, geodynamics, mineralogy and petrology, paleontology, seismology, sedimentary and petroleum geology, structural geology, and tectonophysics.

The Department of Geology and Geophysics is housed in the 76,000 square-foot M.T. Halbouty building complex. Numerous well-equipped laboratories and a host of field exploration equipment are available for performing analytical, experimental and field geological and geophysical research.

About the College of Geosciences...

The College of Geosciences was founded in 1964, and continues to be one of the preeminent academic organizations in the earth sciences dedicated to research and graduate education. The College encompasses the departments of Geology and Geophysics, Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Oceanography, with a total of approximately 110 faculty members and 300 graduate students. The College of Geosciences is also the science operator for the largest geoscience research program in the world, the international Ocean Drilling Program. The geosciences faculty participate in a diversity of basic and applied research, providing its students the excitement of discovery, state-of-the-art scientific equipment, a knowledge of useful applications to human problems, and good working relations with industry and government. Graduate programs are comprehensive, and interdisciplinary study is encouraged. The vibrant atmosphere and excellent facilities in all fields of Geoscience make Texas A&M an exciting place to conduct high-quality research and pursue a graduate degree in Geology or Geophysics.

About the University ...

Founded as a land-grant college in 1876, Texas A&M University is the state’s oldest public institution of higher education. Although the University has grown to more than 44,000 students, it still retains many cherished traditions. Areas of study include the sciences, arts and humanities, architecture, engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, business, education, and transportation.

A world leader in teaching and research, Texas A&M faculty include recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, World Food Prize, American Chemical Society Priestly Medal, and National Medal of Science, as well as 17 members of the National Academy of Engineering and five members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The campus is situated in southcentral Texas, about 90 miles north of Houston, 175 miles south of Dallas and 95 miles east of Austin. Lakes, pine forests, State Parks and National Forests are all within a one-hour drive. Both the Gulf Coast and the Hill Country are within a three-hour drive. The campus houses a 373,000-square-foot sports recreation facility that features outdoor and indoor swimming pools, spas, weight rooms, racquetball, squash, basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, a pavilion, meeting rooms and a snack bar. The campus also boasts a 14,000-seat special-events center in Reed Arena.

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