Geo/Physical Sciences Department

Location: Science Center, Condike Science Wing
Chairperson: Dr. Bruce Duncan, 978-665-3228 (on sabbatical leave).
Please see Dr. Jane Huang in CDSC-328 or call 978-665-3496 for Spring, 2015 Semester
Secretary: Melissa Barrette, 978-665-3246
Admissions Office: 978-665-3144 or 


The Geo/Physical Sciences Department encompasses the disciplines of Earth Systems Science, Geographic Science & Technology, and Physics.  Students interested in Environmental Science would also be well served by our department.  As members of the global scientific community we value leadership, a culture of sustainability, lifelong learning and promotion of science as a way of knowing.

In choosing a major field study, students may select from four degree options, namely, the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree in each of Earth Systems Science or Geographic Science & Technology.  The department also offers minors in each field.

Two Year Rotation of Courses (PDF)

Four Year Plans of Study:


Faculty Research

Dr. Elizabeth Gordon's scholarly interests include marine biogeochemistry and geoscience education.  Her marine biogeochemistry research has been focused on organic carbon dynamics in the ocean and analysis of sedimentary records to understand climate variability.  She is actively engaged in improving undergraduate geoscience education.  She currently serves as Vice President of the New England Section for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. 

Dr. Jane Huang is actively involved in research and teaching activities focusing on geographic information science (GIS) and technology. Besides the newly developed GIS curriculum, Dr. Huang also works on multiple mapping and GIS research projects which include a community de-leading project jointly with City of Fitchburg and the interdisciplinary Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI), a research group analyzing the economic situation and possibilities of Worcester County.

Dr. Reid Parsons has been working with NASA to investigate the recent climate history of Mars.   Using data and images collected from orbiting spacecraft,  Dr. Parsons is studying the role solid and liquid water has played in shaping the Martian surface.  New to our department, he engages undergraduates in planetary science and climate change topics.


In the summer of 2014, the department moved into the new Science Center Condike Wing.  This building houses all faculty offices as well as state of the art laboratories and educational spaces.