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.


Emeritus Professor Francis Stehli

Emeritus Professor Francis G. Stehli passed away on April 14, 2022.  Prof. Stehli, an expert in Permian Brachiopods, joined the university as a member of the Western Reserve University geology department.  He later served as Chair of the Department of Geology of Case Western Reserve University and the Samuel...

Meet Elizabeth Heiny, Senior Major in Geology

Tell us something about where you grew up. I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I lived on a double-sided cul-de-sac. All of the other families on the cul-de-sac had kids around the same age, and my neighbors are some of my favorite people ever. I have two siblings,...

Meet Kyle Rickert, Senior Major in Environmental Geology

Tell us something about where you grew up. I grew up in Northwest Indiana, just outside of Chicago and of course I am a proud Region Rat. There are a lot of little details about where I grew up that define it; from having the best "A Christmas Story" museum (the movie...