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About Us

The mission of the UMKC Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is:

To advance and communicate information to students and the community about earth processes
and human interactions with the earth and the environment through teaching, research, and service.

The Earth & Environmental Sciences Department offers coursework in most of the major fields within the Earth & Environmental Sciences, leading to undergraduate degrees in environmental science, environmental studies, geography and geology. The College of Arts & Sciences interdisciplinary program in Urban Studies is also housed in the department.

Our Master of Science Degree in Environmental and Urban Geosciences reflects a distinct departmental focus on application of the Earth & Environmental Sciences to human activities. This unique program prepares students, depending on their area of concentration, for advanced study of different facets of the environment including: environmental issues and geospatial methods, natural hazards, environmental remediation, waste management, air and water pollution, resource evaluation and management, geoarcheology, historical geography and urban land use planning. The department also participates in a visionary interdisciplinary doctoral degree program where the Earth & Environmental Sciences department works with faculty from Engineering, Physics, History, Computer Sciences, Economics, and other disciplines to develop focused degree programs tailored to the needs of the individual student.

Our student body is diverse. Currently half of our graduate students are international – from India, Europe, West Africa, the Far East, and the Middle East. Most graduate students are supported by university-funded assistantships and fellowships and grants to professors, but a significant number of students earn their degrees while employed full-time by consulting firms and other businesses or by governmental agencies.

Our faculty and students conduct research all over the world. Areas currently under investigation by faculty and students include West Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and North America.