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Welcome to the Department of Geosciences at the University of Cincinnati, a nationally ranked program with high-caliber faculty and a strong research reputation. We strive to provide our undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a broad range of careers. Our program offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelors of Science degrees at the undergraduate level and the Masters of Science and Ph.D. at the graduate level. 

Our graduate and undergraduate programs are supported by faculty who perform high-caliber research with reputations that span world-wide. We teach and conduct research in many areas of the geosciences including paleontology, Quaternary geology, geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonics, environmental geology, and biogeochemistry. Our faculty maintains high-tech laboratories and conduct field work all over the world and our students are involved every step of the way!

Quick Departmental Contacts:
Department Head - Craig Dietsch,
Academic Director, Departmental Advisor - Krista Smilek,
Business Manager - Kate Cosgrove,
Laboratory Manager - Sarah Hammer,
Instrumentation Specialist - Mike Menard,
Undergraduate Director - Dylan Ward,
Graduate Director - Brooke Crowley,

In The News


How to track animal of legend? Look to the poop

July 18, 2023

A team of researchers led by the University of Cincinnati applied isotopic analysis to jaguar scat to investigate the habitat needs of the big cats in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve of Belize in Central America. The study demonstrates a novel and noninvasive technique for identifying the landscape use and conservation needs of elusive wildlife.

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