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Graduate Program

The Department of Earth Sciences offers programs of graduate study leading to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) as well as master degrees with opportunities for research in a wide variety of specialty fields. The goal of these programs is to prepare students for careers in academia, applied research, employment with state and federal agencies, and positions with private consulting organizations.

Our graduate programs emphasize original research in an area of expertise under the guidance of a faculty advisor within the department. Students may pursue independent research in a wide range of fields that include geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, geomechanics, geodesy, ice physics, coastal oceanography, geomorphology, neotectonics, petrology, volcanology, paleontology, paleopedology, seismology, tectonics, stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology, and ore deposits.

Graduate Advising

Current graduate students should contact Dr. Alan Rempel (email) for advising. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact faculty in their area of research interest. A complete list of faculty can be found here.


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