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

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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.