About Us - Geosciences, UMKC

About Us

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.

Contact Us

Department of Geosciences
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Administrative Assistant
Megan Medley
Tel: 816.235.6081

Dr. Wei Ji

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110

Tel:   816.235.1334
Fax:  816.235.5535


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