Graduate Studies in Earth Sciences


Graduate study in the Department of Earth Sciences offers students opportunities for field and laboratory-based geological and geophysical research spanning the Earth’s deep interior, lithosphere and surface on a host of timescales. Several of our faculty lead collaborative domestic and international research programs that afford our graduate students opportunities to work in diverse parts of the world with teams of internationally recognized scholars. Diverse, interdisciplinary research opportunities  leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees include:


Environmental Geology Hydrogeology & Hydrology Geomorphology
Sedimentology Thermochronology Tectonics
Computational Geophysics Isotope Geochemistry Biogeochemistry
Paleobiology Paleolimnology Global Environmental Change

Our 20-25 graduate students are typically supported by full-tuition scholarships and stipends through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. Typically, M.S. students receive four semesters of support, while Ph.D. students are eligible for eight.


 The overall goal of the Graduate Program is to provide a pathway to advanced degrees in the Earth Sciences through research, education and other relevant experiences. All students receiving advanced degrees from the Department acquire experience with the following:


• Skill in the collection and analysis of data

• Preparing research results with the ultimate goal of publications and reports

• Experience writing proposals to fund research or teaching objectives

• Building a broad network of relevant professional contacts outside the Department

• Teaching experience in labs, lectures and seminars


 In order to help students meet these objectives, each student has a faculty advisor and an advisory committee that meets periodically to evaluate student progress and provide feedback.

Heroy GL

image of Heroy Geology Lab from outside

Department of Earth Sciences
204 Heroy GL
Ph: 315-443-2672
Fx: 315-443-3363