Department of Geosciences

New Courses for Fall 2017

Historical Archaeology

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Geosciences of Alcohol

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Why Geosciences?

Geosciences offer interdisciplinary solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems, from climate change to sustainability, from pollution to deforestation, from water scarcity to soil degradation, and many more. Geoscientists investigate the driving forces and consequences of the problems, monitor the change and model the impacts of management initiatives or policy.

What do we offer?

B.S. Degree in Geosciences Tracks
Earth Science (including Secondary Certification)
Environmental Geology
Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

M.S. Degree in Geosciences Concentrations
Thesis Options
Environmental Geology
Watershed Science

Non-Thesis Option

What can I do with a degree in Geosciences?

Look at where our alumni has developed a career in Geosciences around the world.

Due to increased public awareness of environmental problems and increased societal relevance, workforce growth rates in geosciences are higher than average. In particular, “Geospatial Technology” industry is among 14 high-growth industries identified by the Department of Labor. Our graduates have found jobs as scientists, planners, archaeologist, cartographers and GIS specialists, in:

  • Local, state and federal government agencies including USGS, NGA, EPA
  • Fast-growing geospatial industry including ESRI
  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Cultural resources management agencies

The Murray State Advantage

Our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and faculty-led research and field experience at the Murray State Archaeology Lab, a summer field archaeology school, and the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC), a core entity in the Murray State University Watershed Studies Institute (WSI). We also partner with several local and regional organizations to provide students with internship opportunities.

For more information, contact Dr. Robin Zhang, Chair, Department of Geosciences, Murray State University, 334 Blackburn Science Building, Murray, KY 42071. (270) 809-6760 or