Earth Sciences comprise a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research efforts, spanning all corners of Earth's surface, and from the upper reaches of the atmosphere to the depths of the inner core. Field-based exploration takes our scientists from Yellowstone to Tibet to southern Africa, while our world-class laboratories enable exploration and discovery from within. Our computational facilities enable transformative discoveries through in-house computer clusters, as well as extensive access to ASU's high-performance computing infrastructure. Our graduate and undergraduate students have access to fulfilling research experiences, often leading to articles published in high-profile research journals, awards at major international research meetings, and top jobs in both academia and industry.

Learn more about our Earth and Space Exploration Geological Science and Earth and Environmental Studies undergraduate degrees and the masters and PhD degrees in geological sciences and our undergraduate minor in geological sciences.

Search the tabs below for a list of faculty, research groups, labs and resources that comprise the school's Earth Sciences.

Earth Science Focus Areas

Biogeoscience

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Continental Tectonics and Structural Geology

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Earth Surface Processes

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Geochemistry and Environmental Geochemistry

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Earth and Planetary Geophysics: Geodynamics, Mineral Physics and Seismology

The field of Earth and planetary geophysics typically investigates that which is inaccessible, such as planetary interiors.  Subdisciplines include predicting the dynamical motions and convective flow (geodynamics), subjecting planetary materials to high pressure and temperature to simulate interiors (mineral physics), and studying seismic waves that traverse interiors and provide information about internal structures and layers (seismology). Important questions on how planetary bodies evolve and ‘work’ in the present day include the nature of plate tectonics, magnetic fields, mantle plumes, and the composition of planets. 

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ASU Website for Earthquakes and Seismic Activity (Garnero and West)

Petrology, Mineralogy, Mineral Physics, and Mineral Resources

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Volcanology and Volcanic Hazards

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