Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Anthropology/Archaeology Earth Science Environmental Science Geography/GIS Geology


NEW!!! Department of Geosciences is now the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences! Look for EES courses under Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) section for Fall 2018. Tell all of your friends!

 New for Fall 2018, Murray State University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences;; BS and MS Degree Programs-Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Geography and GIS, Geology, and Watershed Science; For more information, call 270-809-2591 or 270-809-6760


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Meet Our Students

Spring 2018 Soils and Geomorphology class coring for the NASA project

Spring 2018 Soils and Geomorphology class coring for the NASA project


Benjamin Estes

Benjamin Estes
Environmental Geology graduate from Ozark, Missouri
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Molly Karnes

Molly Karnes
Earth Sciences graduate from Mount Vernon, Illinois
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Mallory Gerzan

Mallory Gerzan
Environmental Geology garduate from Madisonville, Kentucky
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Lance Stewart

Lance Stewart
Watershed Science major from Murray, Kentucky
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Why Earth and Environmental Sciences?

Earth and Environmental Sciences 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. Earth and environmental scientists investigate the driving forces and consequences of the problems, monitor the change and model the impacts of management initiatives or policy.

What can I do with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences?

Look at where our alumni has developed a career in Earth and Environmental Sciences around the world.

Due to increased public awareness of environmental problems and increased societal relevance, workforce growth rates in Earth and Environmental Sciences 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 US Geological Survey (USGS), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Geospatial-intellegience Agency (NGA)
  • 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 Mapping Applications and Resource 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 Earth and Environmental Sciences, Murray State University, 334 Blackburn Science Building, Murray, KY 42071. (270) 809-6760 or