Mission Statement & Code of Conduct

The Department of Geosciences is designed to prepare students to excel in earth-related careers in public service, the private sector and education. The programs are intended to improve a student's ability to grasp earth concepts and ideas with greater clarity. Our goal is to provide high-quality training to prepare graduates for life-long advancement in the geosciences.

The department is committed to fostering an open and welcoming environment for students of all races, gender identities, nationalities, and backgrounds. Black lives matter! To help encourage this environment, all members of the Department of Geosciences follow a set of principles and practices for professional behavior that all faculty, staff, and students are held to. Our full Code of Conduct can be viewed here as a pdf file.

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Faculty Spotlight

 Mt. Hood

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Dr. Warner Cribb’s research focuses on the geologic history of the solid Earth, with particular emphasis on the growth of continental crust in volcanic mountain belts. Most of Dr. Cribb’s students research the formation and chemical evolution of magmas that form volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington. Their research goal is to improve the understanding of how molten rock beneath volcanoes forms, and how the chemical and physical properties of the molten rock change as it travels through Earth’s crust towards the surface.

Student research involves conducting fieldwork in the spectacular Cascade Range to collect rock samples at volcanoes, and then conducting geochemical and mineralogical analyses of the samples in labs at MTSU. Dr. Cribb’s students learn useful skills through their research, such as how to conduct geologic sample collection, how to geochemically analyze rock and mineral samples, and how to interpret and model geochemical data.

Most of Dr. Cribb’s students present their research results at national scientific conferences. Many of his students have been awarded full graduate assistantships and fellowships to attend some of the best geology graduate research programs in the country, such as at Notre Dame University, Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, The University of Oklahoma, and the University of Utah. After earning their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, these students find employment in a range of geoscience employment sectors, such as mining, oil and gas exploration, advanced materials research, environmental consulting, and education.