The Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences help you understand the world around, under, and above you.

Connect human activity and natural events, including issues ranging from the environment to urban planning to planetary bodies.

Are multidisciplinary sciences that help us to understand the dynamic earth: its past, present, and future.

Are hands-on sciences – from the classroom to the lab to the field.

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences gives you opportunities to work directly with faculty who care about the learning, research, and teaching of geological sciences.


Meet Briana Litchholt, Fourth Year Double Major in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies

Where is your hometown? Westfield, NJ What’s your favorite thing about the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences? The EEPS department feels like a community to me. I feel like each member of the faculty cares about my success inside and outside of the classroom, and will always offer great advice....

Beverly Saylor and her colleagues determine age and environmental setting of 3.8 million year old fossil cranium of Australopithecus anamensis

Researchers have discovered a remarkably complete 3.8-million-year-old cranium of Australopithecus anamensis at Woranso-Mille in Ethiopia. The 3.8 million-year-old fossil cranium represents a time interval between 4.1 and 3.6 million years ago. Read the complete article in Science Daily.

New Department Chair: Steven A. Hauck, II

Professor Steven A. Hauck, II became the Chair of the Department on July 1, 2019.  His research focuses on understanding the evolution of planetary interiors.  Since joining EEPS in 2003 he has served in a variety of roles including academic advisor for EEPS undergraduate majors, Chair of the Faculty...