Dept. of Earth Sciences, Professor James Pizzuto, class field trip experience to Cape Henlopen, Delaware

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

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


Student Spotlight

UD graduate researcher Mahmoud Sherif examines the age of groundwater in Egyptian aquifers. 

“I had a distinguished mentorship that guided me to explore the cutting edge in the field of my research using state-of-the-art analytical facilities.”


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Mahmoud Sherif tesing water samples in research lab
Undergraduate students around a drill rig in Indian River Bay


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


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

Undersea rocks yield earthquake clues

UD study of ocean rocks informs earthquake science


Rocks and wind

Former UD grad student Katie Diaz

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.



Fresh Water Under the Ocean

Learn about other research areas in the department or check out our full list of faculty to explore their research interests.

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