Geoscience, PhD

This is the first version of the 2023–24 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

A PhD in geoscience is designed to bring students to the forefront of a specialized area of geoscience for future employment in higher education or in industry or government research.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • develop broad knowledge in the field of geoscience and identify important research problems through the development of subject matter expertise;
  • develop a research framework including testable hypotheses, and conduct original independent research that contributes new knowledge to the field of study;
  • effectively communicate research findings in both written and oral formats;
  • conduct all aspects of research and teaching with the highest ethical standards; and
  • be prepared for career options in academia, industry, government, or other relevant fields.