Geoscience at a Glance


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Study Geosciences at Dillard University

What is Geosciences?

Geoscience is the study of the Earth – its oceans, atmosphere, rivers and lakes, ice sheets and glaciers, soils, its complex surface, rocky interior, and metallic core. This includes many aspects of how living things, including humans, interact with the Earth. Geoscience has many tools and practices of its own but is intimately linked with the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.

Geoscience investigates the past, measures the present, and models the future behavior of our planet. But it also involves the study of other planets, asteroids, and solar systems, both to better understand the Earth and to expand our knowledge of the universe.

The Department of Biology offers the Geoscience Certificate as well as a suite of STEM-centered programs for students who want to develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, technical communication, and data analysis techniques by studying Earth’s processes and properties. Graduates of each program can take new knowledge bases and skill sets to professional careers in natural resources or environmental sciences, advanced studies in graduate school, or any future where scientific thinking is used.

Program Contact

School of STEM
Department of Biology
Stern Hall, Room 122-G

2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122

Ph. (504) 283 – 8822

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Geosciences Certificate Program

In the Dillard University Geosciences Certification Program, you will learn how to design an investigation, collect and analyze your own data, form interpretations and share your results with peers, faculty and members of the geosciences community. Trained environmental professionals are needed to solve problems concerning drinking water supplies, wastewater treatment, water resources availability, subsurface contaminant transport, water quality and quality assessment, the effects of climate and land-use change on water and wetland resources and many other environmental issues. Our geosciences program provides the specialized knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills necessary to succeed as a trained environmental professional.

Why Choose Dillard University?

Students at Dillard University DU DayDillard University students not only will learn current concepts and practices in Earth Science, they will have opportunities to generate new knowledge by working alongside accomplished faculty researchers. Dillard Students will also practice water, soil, gas and sediment sampling, field geochemistry, scientific writing, proper data collection, field documentation, scientific presentation and analysis.  Research experiences, internships, and experiential learning are integral components of the learning experiences that will be offered.

Through opportunities to engage in hands-on, field-based research related to the niche area of water in geosciences, students from ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be able to develop skills related to problems specific to their community and likely generate longstanding scientific interests.


The expected outcomes for this project include research on the benefits of a certificate program, the opportunities and challenges involved with transdisciplinary study, and the potential of place-based education programs to recruit and retain underrepresented students in the geosciences. This program will generate positive impact on participants’ academic achievement and an epistemological shift in their beliefs about the geosciences, potentially broadening their career aspirations.

Partners involved in this project include the School of STEM, the Department of Urban Studies, and the College of Business at Dillard University.

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