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Department of Geosciences
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-297-3250
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About the Program and Industry

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University is housed on the Boca Raton campus and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various subfields of the geosciences. The three main areas of focus in the department are earth systems sciencehuman-environmental systems and geo-information science.

We are proud of the research specialties that we have developed in hydrogeology, paleontology and paleo-environments, human-environmental modeling, and urban and regional development. The Department places a strong emphasis on fieldwork, GIS, remote sensing and other analytical techniques in geospatial modeling, and encourages interdisciplinary research.

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Department of Geosciences Welcomes New Faculty

Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology Xiaolang Zhang. Read more.

Visiting Assistant Professor Matt Edwards. Read more.

Assistant Professor of Climate Science Yijie Zhu. Read more.

Pursue a Degree in Geosciences

Students that study Geosciences have the opportunity to experience all that nature has to offer. And at FAU, the world becomes your classroom - with a strong field-based research component that includes study areas throughout South Florida and across the globe. Learn more.



NEW: Online Programs

MS in Geosciences, BA in Geosciences, BS in Geosciences and GIS Certificate  Learn More

Geosciences now offers  online M.S. in Geosciences, B.S. in Geosciences with a Geography focus and B.A. in Geosciences with a Geography focus degrees that will give students an understanding of not only where phenomena are located upon the Earth’s surface, but how they came to be there. Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) is emphasized to analyze these spatial relationships.  

Also available to all students are fully online GIS Certificates. 

FAU Experts Predict a Highly Active 2024 Hurricane Season

FAU Experts Predict a Highly Active 2024 Hurricane Season

This year, U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast residents are bracing for what could be an unprecedented 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. While June 1 marked the official start of hurricane season, the date also ushered in the very likely arrival of La Niña conditions, removing nature’s “brake” on hurricanes. Read more.

FAU Experts for the 2024 Hurricane Season

FAU Experts for the 2024 Hurricane Season

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, and forecasts indicate a highly active season. Several Florida Atlantic University faculty experts from the Schmidt College of Science are available to discuss various issues surrounding hurricane preparedness, evacuation and aftermathRead more.

Outside the Classroom: Exploring the Earth’s Natural Laboratory

Outside the Classroom: Exploring the Earth’s Natural Laboratory

Outside the Classroom: Exploring the Earth’s Natural Laboratory

Fieldwork allows students to expand their knowledge of earth sciences by experiencing the subject in its natural laboratory. Field trips led by Anton Oleinik, Ph.D., associate professor, FAU Department of Geosciences, are a vital part in the life of a geology student. Read more.




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Field Camp in Southern Appalachians

Field Camp in Southern Appalachians

Geoscience undergraduate students visited the southern Appalachians as part of the GLY4750 Field Method Course during a nine-day trip over Spring Break. The 11 students explored Cove Lake State Park, Davidson River Campground, and Santee State Park. The class studied sites of geological interest to practice field techniques.   View photos.