The Department of Geosciences offers a Ph.D. in Geosciences. Faculty in the department advise Ph.D. students in a wide range of subdisciplines that includes geology, seismology, economic geology, environmental geology, glaciology, paleoclimatology, geochemistry, geophysics, geochronology, geodynamics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, petroleum geology, sedimentology, sedimentary petrology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. Students work with their advisor and graduate committee to identify a dissertation topic and curriculum specific to their academic needs and goals. Prospective students should contact appropriate faculty advisors in the department to discuss their interests and develop a program plan.

Effective Fall 2018

Ph.D. students must complete 72 semester credits beyond those required for the B.S. degree. They must satisfy a breadth requirement by:

Taking a six-credit upper-division or graduate-level course sequence outside of the student’s discipline. Most students will take their breadth requirement courses outside of their department.

At least 10 credits beyond the master’s degree must be earned in regular courses numbered 500-level or above.

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program.