We recruit students at both M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Graduate studies involve academic course work and independent research. The M.S. degree is intended to train students for professional careers in the Earth and environmental sciences, or as preparation for further graduate study. The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated scholarship and expertise in their chosen specialty, and who have conducted novel and extensive independent research. To this end, the doctoral program is designed to develop the skills and perspectives needed to conduct, interpret, present, and publish original research in the Earth sciences.
We require our graduate students to obtain a broad background in Earth sciences. Successful applicants to the program have a strong general scientific background in basic physics, chemistry, and mathematics, and, ideally, a demonstrated aptitude for thinking analytically and solving quantitative problems. Students admitted to our graduate program with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take additional course work. The detailed requirements of each degree are listed in the ORC. Students wishing to learn more should contact Departmental and adjunct faculty members with overlapping research interests.
Students completing a graduate degree in Earth Sciences are expected to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in the Earth sciences, including advanced principles of one or more of the following sub disciplines: environmental biogeochemistry, environmental change in high-latitude/high altitude settings, geobiology, and watershed processes.
2. Use appropriate field, laboratory, and research methods to propose, design, and perform independent, quantitative, and original research, in a timely way and to a high standard,that advances the Earth sciences.
3. Communicate, in both written and oral form, research questions and results to the scientific community and communicate understanding of the broader impacts and wider implications of Earth sciences research to the general public.