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


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


Geological Sciences (M.S.) 
Water Science and Policy* (M.S.)

*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


Environmental Justice

UD’s Marissa McClenton looks to environmental education to help minority communities

Fossil aquifers

UD’s Neil Sturchio and colleagues study sustainability of fossil aquifers in Arabian Peninsula

Summer camp to graduation

Shailja Gangrade reflects on time at CEOE as she prepares for graduate school

Fresh water under the ocean

UD study examines the dangers of depleting freshwater resources beneath the world’s oceans

The age of water

UD researchers examine the age of groundwater in Egyptian aquifers




Undergraduate majors in Earth Sciences take a number of field-driven courses, both locally in the state park just outside Newark and all over the United States during Spring Break or Summer field experiences. 



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.