Dr. Mark Ouimette


Dr. Mark A. Ouimette, professor of geology, is a registered professional geologist with the State of Texas (# 6480) and the head of the HSU Geology and Environmental Science Department. He also serves as director of the Environmental Management Graduate Program.

Ouimette grew up in Long Beach, California, and earned his B.A. in geography from California State University at Chico in 1977. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer for about 16 years of active duty and active reserve duty. His military occupational specialty was primarily as a manpower manager at the Base, Battalion, and Brigade levels.

Ouimette used the G.I. Bill to earn a B.S. and M.S. in geology from East Carolina University in 1985 and 1991, respectively. He went on to The University of Texas at El Paso to earn his Ph.D. in geological sciences in 1994.

His area of geologic specialization is Petrology, Mineralogy and Water Resources Management.

Ouimette is married to Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, and they have three children.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography, California State University, Chico, 1977
  • Bachelor of Science, Geology, East Carolina University, 1985
  • Master of Science, Geology, East Carolina University, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Geological Sciences, University of Texas, El Paso, 1994
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