The Earth Sciences are those fields of study concerned with both solid and fluid Earth materials and processes. The Department of Earth Sciences at Kent State University is committed to the integration of teaching, the advancement of knowledge, and public service, in an inclusive and accessible environment. 

Kent State offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in geology. The basic difference between a B.A. and B.S. degree in geology is that the B.S. degree requires more geology courses while the B.A. degree allows for extensive elective course opportunities. Students can also earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in earth science.


GEODESStudents in the Stark Geology club, GEODES, made a 20-minute video presentation about rocks for the 3rd-grade classes at Judith Resnick CLC of Akron Public Schools. The teachers showed the video and then the students did a live Question and Answer session over Zoom with the class. The 3rd graders loved the video and asked excellent questions. The teachers want this to be a yearly experience. 

Stark Campus Geodes students; pictured from left to right: Jeremy Salvo, Sebastian Constable, Casey Worges, Ryan Codispoti, Maxwell "T. Rex" Purses, April Hazaimeh, and Kerry Coss.

Students take a field trip for classStudents in the Earth Sciences class, How the Earth Works, took a field trip to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. ESCI 11040, How the Earth Works, is a Kent Core Basic Sciences class.


The foundation courses for most earth science (geology) majors, as well as the Kent Core Requirements, are available at Kent State Stark, but the major will be completed at the Kent Campus. In addition, Kent State Stark offers geology courses and labs to satisfy Kent Core Basic Sciences Requirements.