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Earth & Ecosystem Science

Through core courses and individual research projects, you will study the dynamics of aquatic and terrestrial systems in diverse geographic regions, with a particular focus on the interrelations between multiple factors that govern earth and ecosystem processes.

Our Earth & Ecosystem Science Ph.D. is a research-intensive program, with a suite of interdisciplinary core courses specific to this program. Electives and courses on specialized topics are available through Biology, Chemistry, Geography and other academic departments.

Successful completion of the Ph.D. requires a minimum 60 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree.

After admission to the program, you will meet with your advisor to map out a plan of study, complete a transfer of credits for relevant graduate coursework, and evaluate your academic strengths to determine if additional coursework and/or professional activities are needed. Students will take both required and elective courses to augment research training.  The core courses (EES 701 and 703) are designed to provide students of varied backgrounds with universal skill sets and a common understanding of system-level analysis needed to conduct primary research in complex environmental systems.  Each student will also complete elective course work as recommended by the faculty advisor and dissertation committee.

Students typically entering with a bachelor's degree will take 12-30 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 12-30 hours of special topics and directed research credits in addition to the required core courses and the dissertation.

Students entering with a relevant master's degree will take 3-9 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 3-9 hours of special topics and directed research, or more depending on transfer credits in addition to the required core courses and the dissertation.

Student financial support

Students accepted into the program typically receive a combination of research and teaching assistantships during their time in the program, which provides a stipend and a tuition waiver.  Be sure to discuss your funding plan with your faculty advisor upon admission to the program.

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