Students in the field in the Quaternary Geology class

Department of
Earth Sciences

The University of Delaware’s Department of Earth Sciences (ES) prepares students for the real world by exposing them to exciting opportunities through education and research in the classroom, the laboratory and the field.

Our graduates go on to fulfilling careers in environmental consulting firms, the energy industry, governmental regulatory agencies, earth science teaching and research in the geological sciences. ES programs feature small classes with hands-on field and laboratory-based instruction delivered by an internationally respected, research-active faculty.

Academic Programs


Environmental Studies* (B.A.)
Earth Sciences (B.A. or B.S.) 
Earth Science Education (B.S.)
Environmental Science* (B.S.) 

*Denotes programs administered by other academic units in partnership with the Department of Earth Sciences.


Rocks and wind

Having just wrapped up her master’s degree, UD grad Katie Diaz has accepted a job offer from DNV GL as an offshore wind analyst, and is excited to start her career in the offshore wind industry.


Former UD grad student Katie Diaz
Students in a water filtering lab


Water Science & Policy Ph.D.

The interdisciplinary Water Science and Policy program draws on faculty expertise from four different colleges within UD, allowing students to build a broad knowledge of the subject while also developing a specialty in an aspect of either water science or policy. Learn more about the program and find a list of faculty advisors.


Water Science and Policy website

News and events


The origins of life

UD doctoral candidate Kuan-Yu Lin helps collect core samples from the Earth’s mantle

Integrated mineral supply

UD researchers suggest the climate crisis requires international minerals agreement

Exhibitions on view this fall

Free and open to the public, the exhibits display art, minerals, manuscripts and printed materials

The accidental hydrogeologist

UD doctoral student studies threat to freshwater

Future environmental leaders

DENIN Environmental Fellows announced