Earth and Climate Sciences

The School of Earth and Climate Sciences offers MS and PhD degrees in Earth and Climate Sciences.  Faculty and graduate student research focus on four major areas:

  1. Climate change, glacial geology, glaciology, and Quaternary studies.
  2. Environmental geosciences, hydrogeology and low-temperature geochemistry.
  3. Geodynamics, crustal studies, and rheology of Earth materials.
  4. Marine geology, coastal processes, sedimentology, and sea-level studies.

The master degree requires 30 credits, at least 18 of which are coursework and 6 are thesis work.

The PhD requires the completion of at least 15 credits of coursework beyond a master’s degree, and 33 credits if entering with a bachelor’s degree; all PhD students must take at least 9 thesis credits.  PhD students must also pass a written and oral comprehensive examination.

Degrees offered: PhD, MS

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: January 15 (Fall), then rolling if space is available / November 30 (Spring), then rolling if space is available

Test Required: None

Contact: Sean Smith

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Program Website: Earth and Climate Sciences