If you choose to major in geology, you will focus on the study of earth materials, internal and external earth processes, analysis of earth history, and an appreciation of geology in regard to environmental and engineering issues. Millsaps offers a major in geology, a major in geology with a concentration in Geophysics, and also a minor in geology. Students in the Department of Geosciences are given the opportunity to participate in significant scientific research. Various sponsored projects in geology, environmental geology, and geophysics give students the unique experience of hands-on contribution to real, often publishable, research during their undergraduate years. Field trips to diverse geological terrains help emphasize the hands-on approach.
B.S., Wittenberg University; M.S., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Mississippi
Stan Galicki came to the Millsaps geology department in 1993 after eight years in petroleum exploration with Unocal. His teaching responsibilities include courses in geology and the environmental fields such as introductory level Human and Natural Disasters and Environmental Science and upper level courses in Hydrogeology, Mineralogy and Petrology, Subsurface Mapping, and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. He routinely teaches geology field courses in Yellowstone National Park, the Pacific Northwest, the Appalachians, and an Applied Ecological Design course in the Yucatán.
Galicki came to Millsaps to train future scientists. The problems facing 21st century humans are deeply rooted in the geosciences. Academia, the workforce, and regulatory agencies are turning to the geosciences to produce students with a firm foundation in the geosciences but who can also integrate biology, chemistry, and physics to solve problems. Solving global problems requires more than a science background; students must understand the relationship between geoscience and the cultural, economic, and political issues surrounding the problem. Millsaps does that.
"I believe that student learn best by doing and I like to keep the active. " All our students complete a senior research project that includes field work, laboratory analysis or data processing, interpretation, and presentation. "The senior research project is one of the most rewarding programs for both the student and faculty that the department has to offer. " Galicki's research interests include paleoenvironmental interpretation, dendrochronology, and applied sustainability.
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University; B.S.,University of Houston; M.S., Ph.D.,University of Kentucky
Jamie Harris is a professor of geology and specializes in near-surface geophysics. He has undergraduate degrees in geology (from Eastern Kentucky University) and geophysics (from the University of Houston) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky. Harris teaches introductory geology courses and upper level courses in structural geology and geophysics. In addition, he has taught field courses in Southwest Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone, Alaska, and Scotland.
Harris has developed an active field-based research program focused on seismic imaging of the shallow subsurface. He and his research students have been involved in numerous geophysical surveys centered on earthquake hazards of the lower Mississippi valley and high-resolution imaging at archaeological sites in Albania, Turkey, and the Yucatán Peninsula. Harris' expertise in geophysics is widely recognized. In recent years he has travelled to Italy to present an invited paper on near-surface seismic methods, and served as a keynote speaker for an international geophysics conference in China. In 2006 he was named Millsaps' Distinguished Professor, and in 2009 was recognized as the Mississippi Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
When not in the classroom or in the field, Jamie can be found on the tennis courts at Millsaps where he serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the men's tennis team.
B.S., Bloomsburg University; M.S., Texas Christian University; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Zach joined the Geology Department at Millsaps College in 2007. He teaches Geosystems, Plate Tectonics and Earth History, Sedimentary Geology, Processes Geomorphology and the Junior/Senior Geology Seminar. His field courses include The Greater Yellowstone Geoecosystem, Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, Folded Rocks – Crossing the Appalachia, and the Department's capstone field experience in southwest Montana.
Zach joined the Millsaps faculty because he is committed to engaging undergraduate students in research and sharing the learning process in the field. Research and teaching within the field are crucial components to understanding most aspects of the earth system. Learning and studying volcanoes becomes more interactive when you are standing on a hotspot in Yellowstone or looking at the flank collapse of Mt. St. Helens. Placing the enormous amount of energy glaciers have in context is much more appreciated when you are looking out over a U-shaped valley from the lateral moraine of Nisqually Glacier on the snowcapped side of Mt. Rainier. It is these sensational experiences that make the earth sciences exciting, and what Zach appreciates the most about engaging his students.