The Earth Science program offers a variety of courses and programs, which include climatology, geology, geospatial analysis, hydrogeology, environmental geology, meteorology, paleontology, physical geography, space and earth sciences. Undergraduate and Master's degrees and certificates are available, as well as teacher certification.

    Department News

  • Katy Schwinghamer, just had an abstract accepted for presetnation of her Undergraduate Research project at the 2015 South-central Geological Society of America meeting. 
  • Way to Go Dusty Gutierrez, Katy Schwinghamer, and Daniel O'Crowley, winners of Kansas Geological Society scholarships for 2014-2015
  • Another ESU Earth Sci grad passed the (ASBOG) Fundementals of Geology (FG) exam! Congratulations,  Cathryn Mallonee (recent M.S.)
  • The list of Online Earth Science courses for spring and summer, 2015 has been updated. See the complete list, here
  • Congratulations to Senior, Sarah Steedley, on winning the Association for Women Geoscientists, Osage Chapter Service Scholarship! 
  • The Peterson Planetarium is getting a makeover! Check out the status of this exciting upgrade at:
  • Earth Science faculty and students helped make last year's Emporia Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair (grades 4-12) a success.  The 2015 event will take place on Feb 28. See for details.
  • Two ESU students have had abstracts accepted for presentation at national meetings in the spring.  M.S. student, Jake Harsock will present at the National Groundwater Association Ground Water Summit in Denver in May 2014. Undergraduate,  Dusty Guterriez, will present her GSA-funded research at the South-central Geological Society of America meeting in Fayetteville, Ar.  in March.
  • Congratulations, budding and new professional geologists! Recent Earth Sci alumni, Celena Clough and John Barker, just passed the Association of  State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) Exam.  Current graduate student, Jake Harsock, passed both the FG and Practice of  Geology (PG) Exams.
  • The  winners were announced at this year's Earth Science Spring Awards Picnic: Cathyn Mallonee, an M.S. student working on a hydrogeochemistry thesis was selected for the Lanier Award; Megan Sprague won the Outstanding Senior Award. Congratulations to both! 
  • ESU hosted a visiting professor, Dr. Rungruang Lertsirivorakal from Khon Kaen University in Thailand, during the Fall semester. Dr. Rung served on a thesis committee.
  • Way to go, Dusty! Dusty Guiterrez received a 2013 GSA Undergraduate Research Grant for her research on shale gas formation in Kansas.
  • Congratuations to Chistopher Krause and Marie Barlow on being named as ESU Top 150 students by the Blue Key Honor Society.
  • Dr Schulmeister's research on artificial recharge to groundwater in Thailand was featured on the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources'  Department of Ground Water Resources website.
Marie Barlow was one of nine ESU undergrads selected to present her research project at the State Capitol in Topeka. Her research on the impact of drought on the Neosho River aquifer was also funded by  ESU’s Undergraduate Research Program (ESURP). Marie collecting water samples with high school students 











Congratulations to recent award-winning undergrads, Megan Sprague and Jacob Petty!


Megan is one of this year’s recipients of The Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City student scholarship.  She received the award at this year’s Gem and Mineral Show in Kansas City. ESU senior, Dustin Burghart won the same award last year.




Jake won the Best Undergraduate Presentation Award at this year’s Water and the Future of Kansas conference.  Jake’s presentation, entitled “Agricultural Contaminants and Stream-aquifer Interaction in the Upper Neosho River, a Mid-continent River” is part of a senior thesis he is completing with Dr. Schulmeister. It was funded by ESU’s Undergraduate Research Program (ESURP).


Career Opportunities in Earth Science

Excellent career opportunties exist at both the B.S. and M.S. levels for professional employment in the earth sciences. In recent years students have found appropriate positions in teaching, governmental agencies, and private companies. Interdisciplinary science backgrounds combined with computer expertise, strong communication skills, and/or international experience are highly sought after in the commercial marketplace. Several earth-science hot job tracks have been highlighted by U.S. News and World Report in recent years. For more on careers in Geoscience, see careers and employers at he American Geological Institute's website.