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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Geological Sciences 460  

Geological Sciences 460

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences


Chair: Carl C. Swisher III

Vice Chair and Graduate Program Director: James D. Wright

Vice Chair and Undergraduate Program Director: Gail M. Ashley


Gail M. Ashley, B.S., M.S., Massachusetts; Ph.D., British Columbia

Marie-Pierre Aubry, B.S., Rouen (France); D.Sc., Pierre et Marie Curie (France)

William A. Berggren (Distinguished Visiting Professor), M.S., Houston; D.Sc., Stockholm

Michael J. Carr (Emeritus), A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Dartmouth College

Paul G. Falkowski, B.S., M.A., CUNY (City College); Ph.D., British Columbia

Craig S. Feibel, A.B., Dartmouth College; M.S., Iowa State; Ph.D., Utah

Mark D. Feigenson, B.S., Maryland; M.S., George Washington; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton

Claude T. Herzberg, B.S., Alberta; Ph.D., Edinburgh (UK)

Roger H. Hewins (Emeritus), B.S., Aberdeen (UK); Ph.D., Toronto

Dennis V. Kent, B.S., CUNY (City College); Ph.D., Columbia

Robert E. Kopp, S.B., Chicago, M.S., Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Vadim Levin, M.E., Gubkin University of Oil and Gas (Moscow); Ph.D., Columbia

George R. McGhee Jr., B.S., North Carolina State; M.S., North Carolina; Ph.D., Rochester

Kenneth G. Miller, A.B., Rutgers; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Gregory S. Mountain, B.A., Brown; Ph.D., Columbia

Richard K. Olsson (Emeritus), B.S., M.S., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton

Yair Rosenthal, B.S., M.S., Hebrew (Israel); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Roy W. Schlische, B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia

Robert E. Sheridan (Emeritus), B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia

Robert M. Sherrell, B.A., Oberlin; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Carl C. Swisher III, B.A., Montana; M.S., Nebraska; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Martha O. Withjack, B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., Brown

James D. Wright, B.S., Louisiana Tech; M.S., South Carolina; Ph.D., Columbia

Associate Professors:

Juliane Gross, M.S., Ph.D., Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)

Ying-Fan Reinfelder, B.S., Beijing; M.S., Utah; Ph.D., Utah State

Nathan Yee, B.S., McGill (Canada); Ph.D., Notre Dame

Assistant Professors:

Sonia Tikoo-Schantz, B.S., California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jill A. VanTongeren, B.S., Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia

Research Professors:

James V. Browning, B.A., Ohio Wesleyan; M.S., Southern California; Ph.D., Rutgers

Linda Godfrey, B.S., St. Andrews (Scotland); Ph.D., Cambridge

Brent Turrin, B.A., California (Berkeley); M.S., Stanford; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Geological sciences investigate processes controlling the evolution of Earth, its environment, and life through time. The geological sciences are interdisciplinary fields of inquiry with scientific and societal relevance: global changes to the solid Earth and its environment, oceans, climate, and life; natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides); natural resource exploration and management (hydrocarbons, ore minerals, groundwater); and planetary geology. The need to understand both history and process makes geological sciences inherently interdisciplinary; our department is closely tied to marine and coastal sciences (through the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences) and environmental sciences (through the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences). The major in geological sciences covers the core areas of Earth sciences and still allows ample opportunity for students to specialize through additional courses in math, upper-level geological sciences, and allied sciences. The major can be completed in three semesters once basic calculus, chemistry, and physics courses are completed. Our majors enjoy employment opportunities in environmental and energy industries, as well as excellent placement in the top graduate programs in the country.

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