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Graduate Program

The Department of Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences and Marine Sciences

Geological Sciences

The graduate program in Geological Sciences hosts a vibrant and diverse community of students who conduct research on a variety of topics in field settings worldwide. Specialties include petrology, isotope geochemistry, aqueous and environmental geochemistry, geomorphology, global hydrology, flood hazard modeling, remote sensing, volcanology, and coastal systems modeling. We offer both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences, and typically between 25 and 35 graduate students are enrolled in the program.

For more information, please see our Graduate Student Handbook or application procedures 

Marine Sciences

The Graduate Program in Marine Sciences includes coursework and research in estuarine, coastal and oceanographic sciences, leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Sciences. Students typically enter the graduate program with a B.S. or M.S. degree in a basic science or engineering (e.g., physics, chemistry, geology, biology, oceanography, marine sciences, meteorology, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, engineering).
Our graduate students specialize in one of the following areas: marine biology/ecology, marine microbiology, marine chemistry, biogeochemistry, marine geology, and physical oceanography/environmental fluid dynamics.

Degree requirements include:

  • Introductory courses in Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology, Biological Oceanography and Chemical Oceanography.
  • A thesis or dissertation based on original research
  • An interdisciplinary seminar and a research seminar
  • A period of study or research at a marine station or on an oceanographic cruise

A faculty committee, chaired by the student’s advisor, oversees his/her degree program.

For information about the degree requirements and typical timeline, please see the Marine Sciences Graduate Student Handbook. For information about applying to the program, please see Application Information.