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Earth & Energy Sciences Doctorate Curriculum

The PhD in Earth and Energy Sciences degree program combines courses in chemistry, physics, environmental science, and geology – four areas that are key to the environmentally safe extraction of energy resources.

In your core courses, you’ll gain a deeper knowledge of these disciplines relate to energy acquisition in an environmentally conscious manner. You’ll develop an inter- and multi-disciplinary understanding of issues central to meeting the energy and environmental challenges of today and the future.

To earn the Ph.D. degree in Earth and Energy Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours. That includes:

  • core courses (12 credit hours),
  • specialized courses (30 credit hours),
  • graduate seminar (6 credit hours), and
  • dissertation research (24 credit hours).

View the Earth & Energy Sciences curriculum in the catalog.

Students with a Master of Science degree may transfer credit hours to be used toward the required 30 credit hours of specialization coursework as permitted by the University guidelines.

Designing Your Curriculum

At the start of the program, you will meet with the Earth and Energy Sciences program graduate coordinator. Together, you will develop your individual development plan (IDP) based on your plans and interests.

After choosing your research direction, you will be further advised by the academic graduate coordinator of the discipline closest to your research direction.