The study of geosciences provides Tigers an understanding of Earth’s systems and the transformation of those systems through time.  Tigers learn about the exploration and conservation of natural resources as well as human environmental impacts upon the Earth.

The minor allows students to pursue a comprehensive understanding of Earth systems that will complement their primary academic interests.

Fast Facts
  • A majority of courses integrate a fieldwork component
  • Tigers perform research with faculty who are active scholars
  • Most Tigers who pursue graduate work receive full financial support

What You'll Study

Dig Deeper


Down to Earth experts in their Field

Trinity faculty are active researchers who lead students beyond the classroom, acting as mentors to students and partnering with these Tigers on groundbreaking research that is published in tier-one journals.

Benjamin Surpless
Ben Surpless, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Kurt Knesel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Glenn Kroeger
Glenn Kroeger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Headshot of faculty member Daniel Lehrmann
Daniel Lehrmann, Ph.D.
Gertrude and Walter Pyron Professor of Geosciences
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Cait Livsey, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Headshot of faculty member Diane Smith
Diane Smith, Ph.D.
Herndon Professor of Geology
Brady Ziegler
Brady Ziegler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Break New Ground

Learning happens both in and outside the classroom. Geoscience students can join organizations on-campus or venture off-campus for research and internship opportunities.


Geoscience students are eligible for financial assistance from a range of internal and external sources. 


Honors Program

Departmental Honors are awarded at graduation, by a vote of department faculty, to students whose activities and achievements in Geosciences are...

Research and Experiential Learning

Geosciences students take advantage of a wide range of research opportunities and are encouraged to take advantage of the many internship and...

Study Abroad

Geosciences students can engage in the fascinating geology of Iceland and China, and Tigers also can study abroad as part of geoscience coursework...


Students have access to state-of-the-art faculty laboratories, computer workstations with specialized geoscience software, research-grade microscopes...

Student Organizations

The Geology Club is for students who share an interest in geology and want to extend their knowledge to others within the Trinity University and San...

Student Awards and Recognition

Tinker Fund Outstanding Senior Award, Ed Roy Outstanding Research Award, Field Camp Award

Lecture Series and Annual Events

In the Geosciences Seminar, students engage with visiting speakers in formal and informal settings.

When You Graduate

Shift the Field

Our graduates have been to the ocean floor, commanded spacecraft, used military seismic networks, and installed instruments in Antarctica. Armed with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, Tigers make contributions that shift the field itself, and graduates’ liberal arts backgrounds provide a solid foundation for future leadership roles.


Geosciences graduates pursue careers across the fields of energy, geology, policy, environment, and beyond. Tigers are valued as professionals with a high level of technical expertise and problem-solving ability blended with a versatile and adaptable skill set stemming from their liberal arts background.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Baylor University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Stanford University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Texas at Austin


    Career Areas:

    • Academia
    • Energy industry
    • Environmental and geological consulting
    • State and federal environmental and geological agencies

    Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

    • Energy companies like Chevron and ConocoPhillips
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Other government agencies such as the CIA and FBI
    • Southwest Research Institute
    • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • U.S. Geological Survey


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