New name for Missouri S&T’s geosciences, geological and petroleum engineering department 

Posted by
On May 8, 2024

Stacked brown rocks with the sun setting in the distance.

Photo by Pixabay.

The programs and faculty members are staying the same, but the name of Missouri S&T’s geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering department has now changed. The department’s name was recently rebranded to earth sciences and engineering. 
“Earth sciences and engineering reflects a strategic pivot toward a more inclusive and forward-looking representation of the department’s academic and research activities,” says Dr. Stephen Gao, a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair of the department. “We also see it as a critical step toward attracting a wider pool of students.” 
Gao says the department’s previous name directly listed its majors, but it did so in an unnecessarily complicated and restrictive way. He says the name change is the result of a comprehensive evaluation process that incorporated feedback from faculty, students and alumni, and it required several layers of approval.  
“The new name accurately encapsulates the breadth of our department’s missions and grants us enhanced flexibility to broaden our research and educational endeavors,” he says. 
The department’s research and programs cover several topics that address national and global challenges. 
Some of those topics include geospatial science and engineering, mineral and energy resource exploration and extraction, climate change, carbon sequestration, natural hazards mitigation, and natural resource management.  
The department’s majors include geology and geophysics, geological engineering, and petroleum engineering, and students can earn bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees.  
For more information about S&T’s earth sciences and engineering department, visit

About Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students located in Rolla, Missouri. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, Missouri S&T offers over 100 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top public universities for salary impact, according to the Wall Street Journal. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

Share this page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *