Geo/Physical Sciences Department

Location: McKay C251 & McKay C270
Chairperson: Dr. Bruce Duncan, 978-665-3228 
Secretary: Anne Burrill, 978-665-3378
Admissions Office: 978-665-3144 or 


The Geo/Physical Sciences Department encompasses the disciplines of Earth Systems Science, Geographic Science & Technology, and Physics.  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.

Two Year Rotation of Courses (PDF)

Four Year Plan of Study



Dr. Bruce Duncan - General Physics I, II & III, Calculus-Based Physics I & II, as well as Astronomy.  He has also taught Planetary Atmospheres (Atmospheres III).

Dr. Elizabeth Gordon’s overall research objective is the evaluation of carbon transfer from land to sea, particularly in the context of climate change. Recent research includes the transport of terrestrial sources from multiple US river systems to the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico basins. Ongoing research efforts are focused on paleoenvironmental changes in the Mississippi River drainage basin through the analysis of biomarkers preserved in marine sediments. Dr. Gordon has involved undergraduates in this research, including bringing them along on the research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Lawrence Guth - Earth Systems Science, Earth, Sea & Air, Geology, Map Use & Interpretation, Historical Geology, Common Rocks & Minerals, Geomorphology, Structural Geology and Environmental Hydrogeology.

Dr. Jane Zhang is actively involved in research and teaching activities focusing on geographic information science (GIS) and technology. Besides the newly developed GIS curriculum, Dr. Zhang 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 at 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.

Dr. Jiang Yu - Physical Science I & II, General Physics I & II and Calculus-Based Physics I.


In the fall of 2013, the new science center with state-of-the-art laboratories was completed and open to students. The Condike wing of the building is currently being renovated and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2014.