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

         A list of Online Earth Science courses for Spring and Summer  2015 can be downloaded, here.

  • Dr. Marcia Schulmeister recently attended the national Association for Women Geoscientists Management Board meeting. She serves as a Delegate for the AWG South-central section and is  a member of the Osage Chapter.
  • Earth Science majors, Thadd Barker and Daniel O'Crowley were awarded  .The Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Undergraduate Scholarships at this year's Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show. Way to go, guys!
  • Katy Schwinghamer presented her undergraduate research  on the origin of  groundwater phosphate  at the 2015 South-central Geological Society of America meeting, in Stillwater Oklahoma. 
  • Way to Go Dusty Gutierrez, Katy Schwinghamer, and Daniel O'Crowley, winners of Kansas Geological Society scholarships for 2014-2015
  • Two more ESU Earth Sci grad passed the (ASBOG) Fundementals of Geology (FG) exam! Congratulations, Cathryn Mallonee and Daniel Call  (recent M.S.grads)
  • Congratulations to Senior, Sarah Steedley, on winning the Association for Women Geoscientists, Osage Chapter Service Scholarship! 
  • Earth Science students and faculty presented their research at the Kansas Academy of Science meeting, held in Emporia in April of 2014.  Dr.'s Jim and Susie Aber, Marcia Schulmeister and Richard Sleezer gave presentations along with students, Lindsey Gerber and Marie Barlow.  See Transactions of the KAS for abstracts.
  • 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.  See for details.
  • Welcome M.S. student, Pasawee Mungkang! Pasawee will spend one month at ESU as part of our international collaborative exchange agreement with Khon Kaen University in Thailand.  Dr. Schulmeister is a member of his thesis committee.
  • 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 M.S.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 past recipients of The Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City student scholarship.  She received the award at the Gem and Mineral Show in Kansas City. ESU senior, Dustin Burghart, Thadd Barker, and Daniel O'Crowley have also won this award.




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.