Earth and Planetary Sciences

Earth scientists (including geologists, geophysicists, and other geoscientists) work in many rewarding areas. Undergraduate majors in Geological Sciences at RU find full employment with environmental firms or move on to the top graduate programs in the country. Geosciences is ranked in the top three of the top 10 jobs in science, with 6800 new jobs expected by 2016. http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2009/01/26/top-10-jobs-in-science/

Graduate students obtain financially rewarding careers in energy, particularly the oil and gas industry, or continue on in academia in research positions. Earth science research includes evaluating past climate and oceanographic changes, seeking energy and mineral resources, unraveling the history of the Earth and human origins, predicting natural disasters, remotely exploring other planets, and working on environmental assessment and remediation. Outdoor and laboratory opportunities abound.

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Rutgers University Geology Museum

The Rutgers University Geology Museum, which is open to the public, features exhibits on geology and anthropology, with an emphasis on the natural history of New Jersey. The largest exhibits include a dinosaur trackway from Towaco, NJ; a mastodon from Salem County, NJ; and a Ptolomaic era Egyptian mummy. There are mineral exhibits featuring the zeolite minerals of Paterson, NJ, and the zinc minerals of Franklin, NJ. Also on exhibit is a 30-foot-long geologic cross section of New Jersey from the Delaware Water Gap to the southern NJ coastal plain. More

Department Overview

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University on the New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus represents a community of students, faculty members, and research scientists engaged in the exploration of a wide variety of geological problems. Our Department offers both challenging and comprehensive instruction, and students are encouraged to become vital members of this research community. Interdisciplinary studies are fostered through the Quaternary Studies Program, the Graduate Certificate Program in Engineering Geophysics, and our close ties to the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. A weekly Geology Colloquium brings a wide variety of Earth Scientists to our Department to discuss their latest research results and new techniques. Our Geology Museum features geological exhibits on local geology, and is open to the public.

Our Department has experienced considerable growth over the last ten years, including the addition of seven new faculty members. Our professors enjoy international recognition in their fields of inquiry. Many of our faculty and their students are supported by federal, state, and private grants. Our department boasts state-of-the-art analytical and field equipment; the computer facilities have been substantially upgraded in the last two years.

Rutgers University is located in an area of diverse geology. Precambrian Highlands, the Paleozoic fold and thrust belt of the Appalachians, the Mesozoic Newark rift basin, and the Mesozoic-Cenozoic coastal plain are all represented in New Jersey. Field trips take advantage of the local geology, as do many NJ-based research projects . In addition, current research projects span the globe: members of our Department have recently conducted research in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Central America, Europe, Iceland, Africa, and Antarctica on a wide variety of topics ranging from microfaults to mid-oceanic ridges to meteorites.

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