About the Department

Our undergraduate and graduate students gain a strong foundation across the geosciences. Areas of specialization may include environmental and isotope geochemistry, applied geophysics and tectonics, paleoclimatology, planetary science, remote sensing and GIS, volcanology, and human-environmental interactions.



Commencement 2019!

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates!

2019 Junior Distinguished Alumni Awardee - Samir Lakhani

We were honored to present our 1st Annual Junior Distinguished Alumni award to Mr. Samir Lakhani!  After starting a project in Ward Allebach’s Sustainability class (GEOL 1333), Samir volunteered in a rural Cambodian village when he witnessed firsthand the spread of disease due to poor personal hygiene through his involvement in aquaculture and nutrition projects. After this experience, Samir took his class project and founded Eco-Soap Bank in 2014. Eco-Soap is a humanitarian nonprofit that works to save, sanitize and supply recycled hotel soap while providing hygiene education to people in nations of developing economies. Samir has also developed solar lighting solution projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Nepal.   Mr. Lakahni received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Pitt in 2015.  Congratulations to Mr. Samir Lakhani!