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Department of Geosciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Tomanek Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Department of Geosciences - Student Resources

Academic Program & Course Information  
GIS Lab  
Money: Scholarships & Jobs 
Student Professional Development 
General Resources

Academic Program and Course Information

Academic Programs & Degrees - The Department offers baccalaureate and advanced degrees with flexible career emphasis options as well as minors in both geology and geography.

Petroleum Geology Course Curriculum  - The newest degree emphasis option in the department.

Certificate Programs  

Field Trips - Every semester the Department offers a variety of field trips and field experiences designed to expand on concepts learned in core geosciences courses and to provide participants with real-world experience exploring specific geologic or geographic topics.

FHSU Geosciences Clubs - All Geosciences majors are encouraged to join at least one of the department clubs. The Sternberg Geosciences and Geocaching combined club is open to all students. Two clubs are currently underdevelopment for students interested in Petroleum Geology.

Student Academic Planner - The Student Academic Planner is a tool designed to provide students with important academic information and assistance with college success. This file is updated and maintained by the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center.

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Geosciences Scholarship Information  - The Department of Geosciences has scholarships available for incoming freshmen, undergraduates, and graduates.

Jobs/Internships/Career Opportunities


 The GIS Lab is not an open public computer lab and is available ONLY for the following:

  • Geosciences students assigned class or research projects requiring use of specific programs available only in the GIS Lab,
  • Students enrolled in a FHSU GIS, Remote Sensing, or Cartography class
  • Students/individuals/organizations with written permission to use the computers, equipment, or software available in the lab for a specified time


The GIS Lab is closed during intersessions (such as Spring Break, Fall Break, Christmas Break, Summer) and holidays.
Groups or student project participants may request permission to use the lab during regular office hours during intersessions.

General Resource Links

Sustainability at Fort Hays State University - Fort Hays State University supports sustainability, both on and off campus, through academic programs, student life, operations, and research. At FHSU, "Sustainability" isn't a buzzword - it's an actionable philosophy around which we develop initiatives, policies and pedagogy that will help us become an environmentally responsible institution. 

Wild Earth game app teaches users about conservation - Wild Earth is partnering with 16 charities in order to educate people about it's work. Mobile games are the perfect tool for education and more entrepreneurs should jump into the space. This app was developed in hopes to teach people about everything from oil spills to how to best help endangered animals. In this app, you build your own virtual world or habitat in which you need to rescue animals and wildlife, plant trees, and clean up oil spills - all with the aim of saving endangered species.

Users can track seismic activity with new earthquake map - When a series of earthquakes shook the waters of the Pacific Ocean 300 miles west of Salem, Oregon and June quakes clustered around the 90 degree juncture of the Juan De Fuca Ridge, the Oregonian/OregonLive developed a map making it easier to track quakes from the deep sea to anywhere else in the world. They turned to a rich base map created by Esri. Esri incorporates observations from the National Geodetic Survey, the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans and private map publisher Delorme. Mark Friesen, a developer with the Oregonian/OrgenLive data team, incorporated the base layer onto a map he built in the Leaflet open-source library to pull data from a feed from the U.S. Geological Survey. Now it's possible to enjoy the hidden geography of the world very few people will ever get to visit in person. 

The Critical Issues Webinars (AGI) - The Critical Issues Program hosts webinars on a variety of topics that bring geoscientists and decision makers together to discuss potential solutions to challenges at the interface of geoscience and society. All webinar presentations and questions are recorded and made available for viewing on our website. 

The Critical Issues Research Database (AGI) - The Critical Issues Research Database makes it easier to find decision-relevant geoscience information by providing a centralized source of over 3500 publications from State Geological Surveys, the U.S. Geological Survey, and professional geoscience organizations. The database offers location-based searching, and the ability to search the full text of documents in the database.

The Critical Issues Website (AGI) - The Critical Issues Website is the hub for our range of informational resources. Users can start with the basics and primer pages, which offer entry level summaries of geoscience topics including drought, mining, renewable energy, earthquakes, and many more. These introductory resources provide links to more detailed information in a variety of formats, such as frequently asked questions, interactive maps, webinars, case studies, and more in-depth research database publications. 

Geoscience Education & Public Understanding - In 2013, AGI launched the Center to provide geoscience information, reports, and resources for educators and the general public. The Center will provide databases on Earth science teacher professional development programs nationwide, curriculum, classroom activities, ancillary materials, outreach programs, and much else. The Center is also home of the Critical Issues Program, which will provide state-of-the-science information for the public and policymakers.

Watt's Up?: The Lowdown on Energy - As one of the initiatives of the new Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding, AGI has launched a web site with classroom activities, supporting content, career information, resources, and a glossary on a variety of energy topics. The topics include coal, oil, natural gas, wind, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, geothermal energy, and biofuels.

EarthComm: Project-Based Space and Earth System Science - Every student in every high school can learn Earth science. EarthComm is designed with that promise in mind. This curriculum, supported by the National Science Foundation, now in its second edition and with a special edition for Florida, aligns with both state and the Next Generation Science Standards. EarthComm uses an inquiry approach to help students understand how the Earth works as a set of interdependent systems. The EarthComm web site offers resources for teachers, students, and parents.

K - 5 GeoSource - Because elementary students are eager to learn Earth science, K - 5 GeoSources offers online professional development for teachers of kindergarten through grade five. This web-based resource is designed to help teachers understand standards- driven content and plan stimulating, systems-based lessons. The free site features content instruction, lesson plans, classroom activities, teaching resource links, downloadable images, cross-curriculum tips, assessment tools, career vignettes, literacy strategies, and more.

On-Line Education and Research Resources

Geoscience Organization Newsletters - This page includes a listing of many outside Geoscience-related Organizations' e-publications.

AGI GeoConnection - A Facebook network for the Geosciences.  GeoConnection is a place to meet other geoscientists, tune in what's going on in the geoscience community, and find innovative ideas for your future career.

FHSU Geosciences on Facebook -  All Geosciences majors, alumni, and anyone interested in Geosciences is welcome to join the FHSU Geosciences group on Facebook. Departmental and student activities, events, and social gatherings are regularly posted to this group page.

Independent Oil & Gas Service, Inc. (IOGsi) - IOGsi has been scouting oil field activity in Kansas since 1946. Register to gain access to the latest oil and gas news in the form of daily, weekly, and monthly hard-copy reports, and 24/7 online service.

Student Professional Development

Conferences/Meetings & Other Networking Opportunities for Students


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