Specific coursework requirements are outlined in the Academic Policy Handbook (PDF). There is significant flexibility for individual students, in consultation with their advisor and thesis committee, to customize their own graduate training. In addition to departmental offerings, the EARS faculty recommends that students consider relevant courses in the Departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as in the Thayer School of Engineering. Course offerings from these departments are described in the ORC and on respective departmental websites.
Overall, foresight and prior consideration are necessary when deciding what graduate courses to take while at Dartmouth: many upper-level courses eligible for graduate credit within the Department of Earth Sciences and elsewhere on campus are normally offered only in alternate years. Thus, we suggest that each student develops a tentative graduate curriculum that spans two full years at a minimum in consultation with their advisor.