Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

home laurenThe Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University on the New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus is a community of students, faculty members, and research scientists engaged in the exploration of a wide variety of geological problems on Earth and other solar system bodies. We offer both challenging and comprehensive instruction, and students are encouraged to become vital members of this research community. Interdisciplinary studies are fostered through the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Several faculty hold joint appointments in Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, and Marine & Coastal Sciences. A weekly Geology Colloquium brings a diversity of Earth Scientists to our Department to discuss the latest research results and new techniques. Our museum exhibits local geology and engages the public with outreach.

New for 2019: Undergraduate major has four options: Geological Sciences, Environmental Geology, Planetary Science, General Option More Info



Professor Robert Kopp using science and policy to prepare NJ for the rising tide

Upcoming Events

Martha Withjack (Rutgers, EPS)
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 11:45AM
The ‘Passive’ Margin of Eastern North America: Inf...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Saturday Tour Day
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00AM
Once a month, the Geology Museum offers guided tou...
Geology Museum Events
Dinosaurs and Fossils Late Night
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 4:00PM
Take a step back in time to discover the different...

New and Noteworthy

  • EPS undergraduate studies Martian soil at NASA
    Sophie Benaroya is an undergraduate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and a Rutgers Honors College senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  Her recent work at the Lunar and Planetary Institute of NASA can be found here
  • Distinguished Professor Yair Rosenthal announced as AGU Fellow
    We are proud to share the news that Dr. Yair Rosenthal has been announced as a 2019 fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space...
  • new in PNAS: The first day of the Cenozoic
    A new study published in PNAS on the K-Pg boundary event was contributed to by Rutgers graduate student Christina Verhagen and former EPS faculty Sonia Tikoo.  Christina's research includes identifying magnetic signatures recorded in magnetic minerals within rocks from the Chicxulub impact crater,...
  • Anya Hess awarded dissertation development funding
    Anya Hess has been awarded $2,000.00 in Off-Campus Dissertation Development funding by the School of Graduate Studies. This funding will go towards the cost of attending IsoCamp this summer, a 2-week intensive program on isotope geochemistry hosted at the University of Utah. Anya is currently...