Earth and Environmental Science, PhD

The mission of the Graduate Group of the Department Earth and Environmental Science is to produce independent, well-rounded scientists that are exceptionally competent in their area of specialization and capable of understanding, solving, and communicating complex and interdisciplinary scientific issues.

The graduate group guides research leading to Doctoral degrees in the range of fields that encompass our research interests:

  • Biogeochemistry (terrestrial and ocean)
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Paleobiology
  • Surficial processes

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Sample Plan of Study

The total course units required for graduation is 20.

Year 1
Fall
Select 2 courses
Select two GEOL 999 courses
University Driving Safety Class
Spring
Select 2 courses
Select two GEOL 999 courses
Thesis Research
GeoLunch
Year 2
Fall
Select 1-2 courses and remainder of GEOL 999 courses
Qualifying Exam (for students entering with Masters degree)
TA (fall or spring)
Spring
Select additional courses and remainder of GEOL 999 courses
Proposal Defense
Qualifying Exam (for students entering without Masters degree)
TA (fall or spring)
Year 3
Fall
TA (fall or spring)
Dissertation Research
Spring
TA (fall or spring)
Dissertation Research
Year 4
Fall
TA (fall or spring)
Dissertation Research
Spring
TA (fall or spring)
Dissertation Research and Defense

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.