Ph.D. Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth scientists have been called upon increasingly to address issues vital to our future well-being, such as threats to environmental quality on global to local scales and increasing demands on water and other resources owing to population pressures. Earth and environmental sciences not only span the spectrum of classical earth sciences, such as mineralogy, petrology, geophysics, structural geology, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, hydrology, and oceanography, but also extend into related disciplines within chemistry, biology, and physics. In turn, new knowledge on how and why environmental systems operate must be translated into new technologies, health practices, or public policies to mitigate effects that are detrimental to society. For example, the impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gases remains an area of considerable scientific and social debate. Future researchers in this area will need to be familiar with diverse topics such as atmospheric circulation, global carbon biogeochemistry, interactions of greenhouse gases with earth materials and ecosystems, and the natural long-term history and controls of climate. They will also need to understand the social, economic, and political impacts of any proposed controls of greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Ph.D. program will provide broad scientific training in the earth sciences, complemented by the other sciences, to expand knowledge of Earth's environmental systems so as to be prepared to implement effective solutions to a broad spectrum of environmental problems. Research is possible in the following areas: Hydrology, Lacustrine Processes, Polar Environments, Paleoclimatology, Geochronology, Quaternary Geology, Clastic Sedimentology, Mineralogy, Biogeochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Stable Isotope Geochemisty, Hydrogeochemistry, Synchrotron Radiation Studies, Petrology, Geodynamics, Paleontology, Paleoecology, Landscape Statistics, Plate Tectonics, and Marine Geophysics.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:
Baccalaureate Field: Geosciences, other natural or physical sciences, or engineering (this also applies to those applicants who have an M.S. degree). Students from other areas are also encouraged to apply if their backgrounds indicate a reasonable chance for success in the program.
Grade Point Average: At least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
GRE Test: GRE general (individual verbal and quantitative scores at least 600).
TOEFL Test: score greater than 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based)
Letters of Recommendations: Three required.
Personal Statement: Required.

For more information on degree requirements, see the EaES Graduate Handbook