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.



Congratulations to our Class of 2020! »

Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations, you made it!  Of course, at this point in time, you may not be sure what “it” is, but you should be as proud of yourselves as we are! Your education at Pitt was much more than just the Geology and Environmental Science/Studies classes you had, your time here allowed you to grow in ways that you’ll be discovering for years to come.  While you are entering the next stage of your lives in a cloud of uncertainty, you have the skills and adaptability to find ways to make the world a better place, while securing your own future in the process.

We will miss being able to congratulate you in person this spring on this significant achievement – all of us know how much is lost in “virtual” experiences relative to real life. We hope that you can join us the next time we can host a life graduation event, whether it is at the end of the Fall Semester or perhaps joining the class of 2021 in a year.

In the meantime, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and hope that as you make your way in the world you find a way to do well by doing good!

Congratulations again!

Be sure to check out the video in this story!

Josef Werne

Chair, Geology & Environmental Science

Emeritus Faculty Member Dr. William Cassidy

Unfortunately we have lost our Emeritus Faculty member, Dr. William Cassidy this past Sunday.

Dr. Andrews-Brown is 2020 Pitt Sustainability Awards in the Faculty Category

Dr. Andrews-Brown's personal leadership and commitment to sustainability at Pitt is both admired and appreciated. 

Pitt research on atmospheric deposition translated into local blog

Through the work of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, research results like Becky’s are making it into the hands of those empowered by science to advocate for sound decision-making