Research With the Best

Our faculty members are diligently working to look further into the past and figure out how that affects our future.

Study under environmental science and geology leaders  — and you can conduct research alongside them, too.

Be Hands-On

With our geology and environmental science programs, you won't find yourself sitting in a classroom the whole time you're at UL Lafayette.

You'll be in labs, in the field, and getting your hands dirty. If you want your education to be a hands-on experience, look no further.

Wetland on Campus

Students at UL Lafayette have the greatest classroom in the world for learning about wetland ecosystems and management—Cypress Lake.

By observing, examining, and engaging with this environment, students understand the balance of nature and what humans can do to protect it—and help it thrive.

School of Geosciences

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The sustainability of energy and environmental resources are two of the biggest scientific challenges we face nationally and globally. Our goal is to equip you — the next generation of scientists — with the tools you need to work in these fields and address our complex problems. You will learn it all in south Louisiana, where exploration for energy is rooted, and where more than 40% of the country's wetlands are.

There's a skyrocketing demand for Earth and Environmental Scientists. In a place with strong industrial and environmental activities, and at the forefront of important societal challenges as hurricanes impact and coastal land preservation, the UL Lafayette School of Geosciences is in the thick of it all.

But Geosciences is not only this, it is much more:


From the Geological Society of London, click image to enlarge

Geoscience majors enjoy an employment rate of 99.04% nationwide, the third highest rating!

"Geosciences majors, who study to enter careers in earth science, energy extraction, and natural preservation, are among the least likely to be unemployed and some of the best-paid college graduates. The average geosciences degree holder earns $79,851 a year – more than triple the average salary of college graduates. Geoscientists have great future job prospects as there will likely be continued demand for improvements in energy technology" (USA Today).

Our faculty and student-led research is known around the world. Our student team is the only one in the world that has won the prestigious International Imperial Barrel Award three times. We've revolutionized detecting carbon dioxide levels, giving us a way to look 400 million years into the past. We're curators of the Geology Museum, a place to research and exhibit fossils, minerals, and rocks.

We're not lofty academics — we like to get our hands dirty to contribute creating a better society.

With our undergraduate and master's programs, you can get your hands dirty, too.

News and Events

November 10th, 2020

Eric Ferré publishes Nature Review | Earth and Environment article

Eric Ferré of our School of Geosciences recently published an article in Nature Review | Earth and Environment,... Read More ➝
September 17th, 2020

Dr. Paltseva published on urban soils in Moscow

Dr. Anna Paltseva published a new paper assessing the urban soils as geochemical barriers for contamination by heavy... Read More ➝
August 31st, 2020

Dr. Jorge A. Villa receives Department of Energy grant

Dr. Jorge A. Villa receives Department of Energy grant to study methane emissions from wetlands and its inclusion in... Read More ➝