Twenty-first century society depends heavily on the earth, beginning with its need for a vast amount of earth resources: fossil fuels, mineral ores, water, and soils. Obtaining new energy and raw material sources necessitates exploration. Existing resources need to be evaluated, maintained, and in many instances, restored. Waste products require safe and secure sequestration. Ecosystems and human interaction need evaluation, and the potential for natural and man-made hazards must be assessed. This provides for a number of exciting opportunities for modern earth scientists as explorers, evaluators, and managers. Armed with a rigorous understanding of our planet’s materials and processes, geoscientists are able to provide and maintain these resources while expanding our view into the planet.
The Geosciences Program at Midwestern State University provides students with a variety of educational opportunities that prepares them for employment and/or further education. Courses incorporate the latest technology, information, and research techniques, and provide practical field experience along with classroom instruction. From our program, students pursue vocations such as water resource management, environmental assessment and consultation, petroleum production/exploration, and fundamental research.
Software for our computing facilities has been generously donated by Schlumberger and IHS. The software available includes Schlumberger Petrel for geological modeling, Schlumberger Eclipse for dynamic reservoir simulation, IHS Petra for mapping, cross sections, well log plotting, and volumetric calculations, and IHS Kingdom Suite for seismic interpretation.