Earth and Environmental Sciences

Details

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Admits Fall and Winter terms. Deadline for Fall applications is January 5. All other supporting materials including recommendations, transcripts, GRE scores, etc. must be received by Jan 5. Deadline for Winter applications and supporting materials is November 1. Contact Program for other requirements. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 02043; Academic Program: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ph.D.
Code: 02044; Academic Program: Earth and Environmental Sciences; M.S.


Code: 02045; Academic Program: Earth and Environmental Sciences; Non-Candidate for Degree

SUBPLANS:

  • Computational Mineralogy (CompMin)
  • Earth Surface Processes & Landscape Evolution (EarthSurPr)
  • Economic Geology (EconGeol)
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry (EnvGeochem)
  • Environmental Mineralogy (EnvMineral)
  • Experimental Petrology/Geochemistry (ExpPetrol)
  • Geodesy and Crustal Deformation (Geodesy)
  • Geodynamics (Geodynm)
  • Geology (Geology)
  • Geomicrobiology (Geomicrbio)
  • Geophysics (Geophysics)
  • Glaciology/Cryosphere (Glaciology)
  • Hydrogeology (Hydrogeol)
  • Magmatism and Volcanism (MagmVolc)
  • Crust/Mantle/Core Geochemistry (MantlCrust)
  • Mineral Physics (MinPhysics)
  • Nuclear Energy and its Fuel Cycle (NuclEnergy)
  • Physical Oceanography (Oceanogr)
  • Paleoclimate/Climate Change (PalClimChn)
  • Paleoclimate Modeling (PalClimMod)
  • Paleobotany (Paleobot)
  • Paleoceanography (Paleocean)
  • Paleomagnetism (Paleomag)
  • Paleontology (Paleontol)
  • Sedimentology/Depositional Environments (SedDepEnv)
  • Seismology (Seismo)
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics (StrucTect)

 

Faculty

Chair: Professor Chris Poulsen

Associate Chair for Curriculum: Associate Professor Greg Dick

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies: Associate Professor Marin Clark

Professors: Baumiller, Becker, Blum, Castro, Fisher, Lange, Lohmann, Ruff, van der Pluijm, Poulsen, Ritsema, and Zhang

Associate Professors: Arbic, Burnham, Clark, Dick, Hendy, Hetland, Li, Niemi, Sheldon, Simon, and Wilson

Assistant Professor: Cory and Smith

Adjunct Professor: Geissman

Professors Emeritus: Beck, Ewing, Gingerich, Kelly, Kesler, Meyers, Moore, Mukasa, O'Neil, Owen, Peacor, Pollack, Rea, Smith, Walker, Walter, Wilkinson, and Van der Voo,

Research Professor: Alt

Research Scientist: Li and Wolf

Associate Research Scientists: Gleason, Hall, and Huang

Assistant Research Scientists: Demers

Lecturer: Arnaboldi

 

Degree Programs

Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences awards MS and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences. In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


Master of Science

Admission: Applications will be considered from students with undergraduate degrees in geology or other science fields. Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted online. Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores from the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted when applying for admittance. Official transcripts must be sent to Rackham Admissions.

Minimum Number of Credits Required: 24 credit hours.

Specific Course Requirements: A minimum of 24 credits at the graduate level of which at least 22 must be in courses (including seminars). Of these, at least 12 credits must be in Earth and Environmental Sciences, no more than 4 credits may be in seminars, and at least 4 must be in accepted cognate courses. Research credits may be used in partial fulfillment of these requirements but are excluded from the 22 credits of coursework.

Thesis or Research Essay: A thesis, a report on a research project, or a publishable scientific paper must be presented to and judged acceptable by two faculty members.

Final Examination: There is no final examination requirement for the MS degree. MS students admitted into the Ph.D. program may take the Ph.D. preliminary exams in their fourth term of the MS program.


Doctor of Philosophy

Admission: Applications will be considered from individuals with a background in geological, or other science fields. A Master's degree is not a prerequisite to enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted online. Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores from the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted when applying for admittance. Official transcripts must be sent to Rackham Admissions.

Specific Course Requirements: Specific Course Requirements for the Ph.D. degree are a minimum of 24 credits at the graduate level of which at least 22 must be in courses (including seminars). Of these 22, at least 12 credits must be in Earth and Environmental Sciences, no more than 4 credits may be in seminars, and at least 4 must be in cognate courses. Research credits may be used in partial fulfillment of these requirements but are excluded from the 22 credits of coursework. The Department may allow certain students to depart from the requirements of a normal Ph.D. program in order that they may take advantage of special cognate science interests and background. However, in order for a student to qualify for such an exception, he/she must prepare an acceptable plan, which is reviewed and approved by the student’s advisor, the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, and the Department Executive Committee.

Preliminary Examination: The Ph.D. Preliminary Examination includes written and oral components. The purpose of the Preliminary Examination is to determine the adequacy of the applicant's abilities and background knowledge, and their potential to complete a Ph.D. degree. The written exam component focuses on background knowledge across the geological sciences, and the oral component focuses on research potential and includes an extended abstract on a research topic.

Students who will receive a master's degree from this Department will take both the oral and written parts of the Preliminary Examination in their fourth term in the graduate program. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with a master's degree from another institution or academic department will take the Preliminary Examination in their second term in the graduate program. Students entering the Ph.D. program without a master's degree will take the Preliminary Examination in their fourth term in the graduate program. The purpose of the Exploratory Interview is to evaluate the student's background relative to the program in this Department and to provide guidance in preparing for the Preliminary Examination.

Immediately following successful completion of the Preliminary Examination and before the first day of classes of the term following the examination, a Dissertation Committee will be appointed and be responsible for monitoring the student's academic progress. The Dissertation Committee shall meet with the student at least once each academic year to review the student's progress. At least one member from the Preliminary Examination Committee shall be appointed to the student's Dissertation Committee.

Candidate Status: General candidacy requirements are described in Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies. Students may be advanced to candidacy upon the successful completion of requisite coursework and the written and oral portions of their Preliminary Examination. Students entering with an MS from another institution are expected to achieve candidacy before the third term in residence. Students entering without an MS are expected to achieve candidacy before the fifth term in residence.

Final Requirements: The department will adhere to the Graduate School deadlines for completion of all final requirements, including scheduling of the final Defense of Dissertation Examination, as outlined in the Dissertation Handbook.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Contact

University of Michigan

2534 Clarence Cook Little Building
1100 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005
Phone: (734) 615-3034
Fax: (734) 763-4690
E-mail: MichiganEarth@umich.edu
Program Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/earth

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Earth & Environmental Sciences (Subject Code: EARTH)
401/CLIMATE 401.  Geophys Fluid Dyn.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 323, SPACE 323, or EARTH 323 (or GEOSCI 323); MATH 215 and 216 and PHYSICS 240  (3 credits)

408/ENVIRON 403.  Intro GIS Earth Sci.  Required pre-requisite: [An introductory geology or environmental sciences course (EARTH 116 or 119 or 120 or 201 or 284)] and MATH 116  Advisory pre-requisite: Although previous GIS experience is not required, students are expected to be familiar with desktop and mobile computing, and to be comfortable with at least one quantitative software program (Matlab, Excel, Mathematica, or R, as examples).  (3 credits)

409/CLIMATE 410.  Earth System Model.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 320, CLIMATE 321, SPACE 320, SPACE 321  (4 credits)

410.  Fld Stds Volcanology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: One introductory EARTH (GEOSCI) laboratory course  (3 credits)

411/CLIMATE 411.  Cloud&Precip Process.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 350, SPACE 350, MATH 216  (3 credits)

413.  Geomicrobiology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

414/CLIMATE 414.  Weather Systems.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 350, SPACE 350, CLIMATE 401 or CLIMATE 551  (3 credits)

415.  Intro Econ Geol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 310  (4 credits)

416.  Org Function&Evol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172, or EARTH (GEOSCI) 418; MATH 115; PHYSICS 125.  (4 credits)

417.  Geol Grt Lakes.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: An introductory course in Geology (EARTH 116, 119, 120 or 205/206/118), BIOLOGY 171 or 172, or Oceanography (EARTH 222/223), OR permission of instructor  (2 credits)

418.  Paleontology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: An introductory course in Geology (EARTH 116, 119, 120 or 205/206/118) or BIOLOGY 171 or 172  (3 credits)

419.  Paleontology Lab.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in EARTH (GEOSCI) 418.  (1 credits)

420.  Intro Earth Physics.  Required pre-requisite: MATH 116 or 156 or 176 or 186 or 295  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

421/CLIMATE 421/ENVIRON 426.  Intro Phys Oceanogr.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 115 and 116, and an introductory science course  (3 credits)

422.  Prin of Geochem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 305, 310, 315 and CHEM 125/126/130  (3 credits)

423/CLIMATE 422.  Boundary Layer Met.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 350, SPACE 350 or equivalent  (4 credits)

426.  Mineral Physics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

427/ENVIRON 437.  Appl Mineral.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 315 or comparable courses in the solid-state  (3 credits)

428.  Mineral Surfaces.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in mineralogy, petrology, solid state chemistry, solid state physics, or materials science.  (3 credits)

429.  Comput Mineralogy.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (4 credits)

430.  Depos Environ.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

431/ENVIRON 431.  Terrestrial Biomes.  Required pre-requisite: BIOLOGY 171 or EARTH 116; G  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

432.  Plant Paleobiology.  Required pre-requisite: BIOLOGY 171 or GEOSCI 116 or 119 or 120 or (205 & 206) or graduate standing  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (4 credits)

433.  Fld Study-Econ Geol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

434.  Fld Stdy-Tect&Struc.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

435.  Fld Stdy-Min&Petrol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

436.  Fld Std-Strat&Paleo.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

437.  Evolu of Vertebrate.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 125 or BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.  (4 credits)

438.  Fossl Rec Evol Prim.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Introductory Geology, Biology, or Anthropology.  (4 credits)

439.  Fossil&Evol Mammals.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (4 credits)

440.  Geol Field Methods.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 305, 310, and 351 or equivalents strongly recommended  (5 credits)

441.  Field Geol Project.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Completion of EARTH (GEOSCI) 440 immediately prior  (1 credits)

442/ENVIRON 442.  Earth Surface&Soils.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 115 and CHEM 130  (4 credits)

443.  Climate Tec&Erth Sur.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 115 or equivalent and EARTH (GEOSCI) 117 or 119 or equivalent  (4 credits)

445/EEB 445.  Biogeography.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: BIOLOGY 171, (172 or 174) & 173; or BIOLOGY 195 & 173. One course in historical geology is recommended  (3 credits)

446/ENVIRON 446.  Paleoclimatology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 115 and 116 and EARTH 305, or permission of instructor  (3 credits)

449.  Marine Geology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 222/223 or introductory physical geology (EARTH (GEOSCI) 116, 117, 120 or 205/206/118)  (3 credits)

451.  Int Struct Tectonics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor.  (3 credits)

452.  Paleoceanography.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 117/119, 222  (3 credits)

454/CLIMATE 440.  Meteor Analysis Lab.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 350, SPACE 350, CLIMATE 401  (4 credits)

455.  Determin Meth.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: One term of Chemistry and Physics  (4 credits)

457/CLIMATE 451/ENSCEN 451.  Atmos Dynamics I.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CLIMATE 401 or MATH 450  (4 credits)

460/ENVIRON 460.  Paleobio/Paleoenv.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: At least two courses from following list: EARTH 305, EARTH 313, EARTH 418  (5 credits)

465/CHEM 467/ENSCEN 467/CLIMATE 467/ENVIRON 467.  Biogeochem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 116, CHEM 210, and PHYSICS 240 (or 260).  (3 credits)

467.  Stratigraphy & Basin.  Required pre-requisite: (EARTH 116/ENVIRON 116) or (EARTH/ENIVRON 118 and 119) or (EARTH/ENVIRON 120 or 201 or ENVIRON 209) or (EARTH 205 and 206 and 207); or Graduate Standing  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH 305, 310, and 351  (4 credits)

468.  Data and Models.  Required pre-requisite: MATH 115 or equivalent (MATH 116, 120, 121, 156, 175, 176, 185, 186, 295, 296)  Advisory pre-requisite: Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, a programming language (e.g., Matlab, Mathematica)  (3 credits)

473.  Fund Org Geochem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 305 or CHEM 215/216.  (3 credits)

474/AOSS 474.  Ice and Climate.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 115 and 116  (3 credits)

475/CLIMATE 475/ENSCEN 475.  Earth System Intract.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior standing in science or engineering  (4 credits)

477/ENVIRON 479.  Hydrogeology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 116; and High school knowledge of PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, and EARTH (GEOSCI) or equivalent.  (4 credits)

478.  Geochm Nature Water.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: College Chemistry.  (4 credits)

479.  Marine Geochem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CHEM 125/126/130.  (3 credits)

483.  Geophysics-Seismol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Prior or concurrent election of MATH 215 and PHYSICS 240 (or 260).  (4 credits)

486.  Geodynamics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 420 and prior or concurrent election of MATH 215 and PHYSICS 240 (or 260).  (3 credits)

494.  Experiential Learn.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Junior or senior standing; and one of the following: EARTH (GEOSCI) 116, 119 and 118, 120, 201, 205/206/207, 222 and 223, 284 or ENVIRON 116, 119 and 118, 120, 209, 232 and 233, 284 or GEOG 201  (1 to 4 credits)

495.  Research Methods NS.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 credits)

496.  Topics Earth Env Sci.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 3 credits)

496.  Topics Earth Env Sci.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 5 credits)

497.  W.T.Smith Lec Sem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Two required Geological Sciences concentration core courses.  (1 credits)

498.  Research&Spec Work.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 6 credits)

499.  Research&Spec Work.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 6 credits)

500.  Intro Linux Prog.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (2 credits)

501.  Element Micropaleo.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH 119 and 118 (or GEOSCI 119 and 118) or equivalent and one EARTH 418 or GEOSCI 418  (3 credits)

503.  Comput Method GEOSCI.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 500 recommended or permission of instructor  (2 credits)

504.  Sources&Cycling.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 to 4 credits)

506.  Habitable World.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CHEM 130, MATH 116, and EARTH (GEOSCI) 422; or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

507.  Ign Petrog-Petrogen.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 310  (4 credits)

508.  Metamorph Petrology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH 310 and 315, or EARTH 431; Graduate standing  (4 credits)

510.  Paleobiology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing; and one of EARTH 418, 437, 438, 439, or MCDB 413  (4 credits)

511.  Paleobiology 2.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing; EARTH 510; introductory biology and physics; introductory paleontology EARTH 418; and evolutionary biology (EEB 516 and 390)  (3 credits)

514/AOSS 535/EEB 515.  Isotope Biogeochem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (3 credits)

515.  Tect Oc&Conts.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 351.  (4 credits)

516.  Orogenic Systems.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Calculus I ( Math 115 or equivalent), Genreal Physics( Physics 140, 240 or equivalent), an introductory course in geology, graduate student status, or permission of instructor.  (2 to 4 credits)

523.  Micro Commun Omics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (2 credits)

523.  Micro Commun Omics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (2 to 3 credits)

525.  Tectonophysics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required; Permission of instructor.  (4 credits)

529/NERS 531/ENSCEN 531.  Nucl Waste Mgmt.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Senior standing.  (3 credits)

530.  Sediment Diagenesis.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

531.  Sem Geologic Prob.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 3 credits)

532.  Sem Climate-Tect-Top.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

533.  Sem Economic Geol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

534.  Sem Geophy-Tec-Stru.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

535.  Sem Min-Petr-Geochm.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

536.  Sem Stratig-Paleo.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

537.  Topics Oceanography.  Required pre-requisite: Graduate  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 credits)

538/EEB 538.  Quant Analysis.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: High school math, elementary statistics, and elementary computer skills. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

539.  Sem Paleomammalogy.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 439 or permission of instructor. Graduate standing.  (1 to 2 credits)

541.  Sem Biogeochemistry.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 2 credits)

542.  Sem Environ Geochem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 to 2 credits)

553.  Thermo&Phase Equilib.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 315 and 310; CHEM 461 and 463 recommended. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

554.  Thermodyn & Kinetics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH 422 or equivalent  (4 credits)

555.  Kinetic Geochm Proc.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Math through differential equations and EARTH (GEOSCI) 553. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

580.  Isotope Earth Env Sc.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor  (4 credits)

581/CEE 581.  Aquatic Chemistry.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: CHEM 130 and senior or graduate standing  (3 credits)

582.  Adv Mineral Deposit.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing. Introductory economic geology and geochemistry.  (4 credits)

599.  Independent Study.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 9 credits)

608.  Advanced Isotopes.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: EARTH (GEOSCI) 580. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

620/NERS 621/MATSCIE 621.  Nuclear Waste Forms.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NERS 531  (3 credits)

709.  Thesis Res Am-Ms.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 6 credits)

929.  Investigations.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (1 to 6 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.  (1 to 8 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 100 104
Number of new doctoral students 10 13
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 62 63
Female 50% 46%
Male 50% 54%
International 19% 27%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 81% 73%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 0% 1%
Asian American 2% 2%
Hispanic (one or more races) 8% 6%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 78% 81%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 4% 5%
Not indicated 8% 5%
Ph.D. Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 9 8
Median years to Ph.D. 4.89 4.97
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 70%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 63%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 98% 99%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 0%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 1%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2002 - 2006 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2007 - 2011 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2011 - 2015 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 59% 40% 8%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 0% 16% 56%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 9% 11% 8%
Business / Industry 25% 31% 18%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 6% 2% 0%
Not employed 0% 0% 10%
No data available 0% 0% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 32 45 39

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.

Program Statistics: Master's

Master's Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 30 23
Number of new master's students 3 2
Master's Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 9 5
Female 22% 57%
Male 78% 43%
International 11% 9%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 89% 91%
Master's Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 0% 0%
Asian American 0% 0%
Hispanic (one or more races) 0% 8%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 100% 89%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 0%
Not indicated 0% 3%
Master's Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 3 8
Median years to Master's 1.95 0.96
Percent of students who entered the master's program between 2011-12 and 2012-13 and completed the Master's as of August 31, 2015 88%
Percent of students who entered the master's program between 2013-14 and 2014-15 and completed the Master's as of August 31, 2015
Funding
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 1-25% of Tuition and Fees 44%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 26-50% of Tuition and Fees 11%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 51-75% of Tuition and Fees 0%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 76-100% of Tuition and Fees 20% 18%
Enrolled Master's students - No University support 80% 27%

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.