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Recent reinterpretation of Earth history and processes, along with the current challenges of local, regional, and global environmental problems, has significantly changed earth science. Highly aware of these changes, Rensselaer offers wide-ranging instruction, many courses, and opportunities for individual study.

The program includes the study of the Earth’s component materials, the development of its structures and surface features, the processes by which these change with time, and the origin, discovery, and protection of its resources — water, fuels, and minerals.

Our students use techniques ranging from seismological and satellite-tracking investigations of crustal motions to state-of-the-art geochemical instruments. The latest techniques for simulating Earth processes include high-pressure experimentation and computer modeling.

The Troy area is well situated for field-based study of problems in hard-rock and surficial geology, as well as ground and surface water science. The department enjoys fruitful relationships with nearby university, industrial, and government geoscience groups within ten miles of the campus.

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, 1W19
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Phone: (518) 276-6474
Fax: (518) 276-2012
E-mail: ees@rpi.edu

Department chair: Frank Spear, spearf@rpi.edu

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