Climate, biogeochemical cycles, and planetary tectonics are the three basic processes that shape the environment. Geoscientists face a unique challenge in seeking to understand the complexity of the Earth’s physical and biogeochemical systems. The surface environment of the Earth is controlled by interactions between the deep Earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. These interactions occur on timescales ranging from picoseconds for chemical reactions on mineral surfaces to the billions of years over which plate tectonic processes and biological evolution operate. UMKC’s Department of Geosciences is at the forefront of scientific discovery in the solid earth, the environmental geosciences and oceanography/climate science. Our faculty and students address critical societal issues, such as climate change and geologic hazards, through research and education.
At UMKC, you will receive cutting-edge undergraduate research opportunities with world-renowned faculty; exposure to theory, experiment/observation and simulation; and have access to numerous connections to career opportunities.
The Geology program of the Department of Geosciences includes both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Among the geology faculty are world class scholars and scientists in a wide range of specialty areas in the geosciences and all are fully engaged in mentoring undergraduate students through teaching and research. Geology students receive a broad-based education that leads to a practical basis for professional careers, with excellent post-graduation career prospects.
Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.
As an undergraduate geosciences student at UMKC you will receive specialized academic and career advising tailored to meet your individual needs. It is important to complete a Declaration of Majors Form to officially declare the certificate in order for it to appear in students graduation audits.
Learn more about undergraduate advising for Geosciences students.