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. Undergraduate majors have four options: Geological Sciences, Environmental Geology, Planetary Science, and General Option INFO.  Details on the Geological Sciences minor can be found here


Undergraduate at NASA examines Martian soil

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Upcoming Events

Jonathan Nichols (Lamont-Doherty)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:45AM
"Northern Peatlands at the Nexus of The Global Car...
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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • EPS at the forefront of astrobiology with ~$6M NASA grant
    How did life commence on the early Earth, and where else might it have developed in our universe? These are the fundamental questions being addressed by a team of researchers spanning the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and others here at Rutgers University. The science team, entitled...
  • EPS Welcomes Our New Faculty Member Lujendra Ojha
    Welcome Lujendra (Luju)! Luju holds a B.S. in Geophysics from University of Arizona (2012) and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (2016). He spent the following 3 years as a prestigious Balustein Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Scientist, in the Department of...