About the Department

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science offers students the opportunity to study the Earth with a variety of traditional and environmental geology course work. The faculty work closely with students to give a combination of field-based experience and current laboratory and computational techniques. The Department offers B.A., B.S., and M.S. degrees in Geology and a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences (which has a separate program page). A new Ph.D. program was launched in 2015 and offers a degree in Geosciences. Currently we are recruiting in several specialties.

Temple has an Endowed Chair in Environmental Geology, thanks to the Albert and Alice B. Weeks Memorial fund. The endowed chair is shared by Jonathan Nyquist (environmental geophysics) and a Laura Toran (hydrogeologist), both full time faculty.

Research specialties are listed on the Research page and faculty specialties under Directory

The Department has modern computerized analytical instruments, including electron microprobe (SEM and TEM with EDS), X-ray fluorescence, magnetic susceptibility, liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectrometry, gas chromatography, carbon analyzer, x-ray diffraction, high temperature/pressure experimental autoclaves and thermogravimeter, petrographic microscopes, sediment transport flume, and thin section equipment. Field equipment includes ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, gravimeter, ground-based LiDAR, total station survey equipment, and groundwater monitoring instrumentation, in addition to three vehicles for field activities. Workstations and networked computers and printers are available for student use.