The mission of the UMKC Department of Geosciences is:
To advance and communicate information to students and the community
about earth processes and human interactions with the earth and the
environment through teaching, research, and service.
The Geosciences Department offers coursework in most of the major
fields within the geosciences leading to undergraduate degrees in
environmental science, environmental studies, geography and geology.
The College of Arts & Sciences interdisciplinary program in Urban
Studies is also housed in the department.
Our Master of Science Degree in Environmental and Urban Geosciences
reflects a distinct departmental focus on application of the
geosciences to human activities. This unique program prepares
students, depending on their area of concentration, for advanced
study of different facets of the environment including:
environmental issues and geospatial methods, natural hazards,
environmental remediation, waste management, air and water
pollution, resource evaluation and management, geoarcheology,
historical geography and urban land use planning. The department
also participates in a visionary interdisciplinary doctoral degree
program where the Geosciences department works with faculty from
Engineering, Physics, History, Computer Sciences, Economics, and
other disciplines to develop focused degree programs tailored to the
needs of the individual student.
Our student body is diverse and international. Currently half of our
graduate students are from overseas – from India, Europe, West
Africa, the Far East, and the Middle East. Most graduate students
are supported by university funded assistantships and fellowships
and grants to professors, but a significant number of students earn
their degrees while employed full time by consulting firms and other
businesses or by governmental agencies.
Our faculty and students conduct research all over the World.
Further review of the departmental web site shows areas currently
under investigation by faculty and students in West Africa, Europe,
the Middle East, the Far East, and North America.