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 Elliot Witscher, Sr. Major in Geology

Tell us something about where you grew up and your experiences. I was born and raised in Oregon. My family has always loved the outdoors and we spent a lot of time hiking and camping when I was growing up which was definitely a part of why I was drawn...

Meet Sebastian Cangahuala, Senior Major in Geology

Tell us something about where you grew up and your experiences. I grew up in Claremont, California, a small college town on the west coast. Being around academia got me interested in research at an early age, and CWRU caught my eye on a college visit during a summer vacation...

EEPS Professor Ralph Harvey wins Faculty Distinguished Research Award

The Faculty Distinguished Research Award was established in 2013 to recognize those who uphold and build upon Case Western Reserve’s history as an innovative, research-driven institution, and established national and international reputations for their research or creative projects.  Click here to read more about Professor Harvey's research.

Welcome Dr. Tyler Doane, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Tyler Doane joined the EEPS Department in Fall 2023 as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dr. Tyler Doane is a quantitative geomorphologist who works on understanding the mechanics of sediment transport and the lasting topographic signature of geomorphic events. He was most recently a postdoctoral research scientist at the USGS in...

Former EEPS grad student Julie Bloxson wins Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Julie Bloxson, who received her PhD from CWRU in 2017, was honored by The Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with their 2023 Outstanding Educator Award. To read more, click here.

EEPS Professor James Van Orman and the Earth’s core

EEPS Professor James Van Orman talks to about the Earth's core. Read more about it here.