Geoscience is the study of the earth - its atmosphere, hydrosphere, internal composition, structure, processes, and history. Geoscientists study the earth at present, using the outdoors as their laboratory, where studies of rocks, landforms and earth processes enable geologists to decipher earth's history and to predict its future. The earth is dynamic, and processes that act to shape the earth are complex and inter-related. Thus, all courses within the department are related to one another in unraveling the complex picture of the planet on which we live.
The department offers a range of introductory courses to expose students to the wide variety of processes active on earth, to develop an understanding of interactions between humans and the environment, and to help build an appreciation for the place of people in earth's long history.