Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Earth Systems Science is conferred on students with their satisfactory completion of required coursework, a demonstrated mastery of a broad field of knowledge, and the ability to conduct original and independent research. A minimum of 75 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree is required for the Ph.D. A maximum of 36 credit hours may be transferred from other graduate programs with the approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee.

Course descriptions may be found in the Graduate Catalog of Courses.

  • Formal (non-research) graduate courses, 12 credits
  • Electives (formal graduate courses, seminars or supervised research), 26 credits
  • Dissertation Research 24 credits

The basic requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the formal lecture and/or lab courses
  • satisfactory performance on a qualifying examination to determine aptitude for independent Ph.D. research and to identify deficiencies in background that might hinder progress toward the degree.
  • completion and successful defense of a dissertation proposal and a dissertation.

For more information on the Ph.D. Program, see the Graduate Program Handbook for the Earth Systems Science Ph.D.

For more information on courses, see the current graduate Graduate Catalog of Courses.