PhD in Earth and Envorinmental Sciences

General

Program Description

Lehigh University EES Graduate Students

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The M.S. degree is thesis-based. Faculty interests and programs center on the Earth sciences, environmental science, and ecology. Research opportunities include both laboratory and field-oriented studies.

Program Highlights

  • Strong, research-active faculty in Earth sciences, environmental science, and ecology.
  • Professional development activities are integral to the Ph.D. program.
  • Graduate Students receive departmental funding for professional travel and fieldwork.
  • Employment opportunities in the Earth science consulting industry, state and federal geological surveys, and academia. 

The Department

The EES Department offers a graduate program linked to nationally prominent research in key areas of Earth & Environmental Science. Our internationally recognized faculty work closely with students on their research projects and offer engaging and cutting-edge graduate courses. Active research discussion groups, weekly departmental lunches, and seminars, and an annual graduate student research symposium all facilitate broad discussion, collaboration, and a dynamic intellectual environment.

Why choose Lehigh?

We have a focused, field-oriented graduate program linked to nationally prominent research in key areas of the Earth system. In this time of increased focus on multidisciplinary science, we think our program is a great way for you to get your graduate training and credentials. Our well-funded, well-connected faculty tend to work closely with a few students at a time on their research, something that can be lacking in large programs. Graduate work in EES is marked by:

  • Personalized attention.
  • Focused, well-funded research groups.
  • A diverse intellectual setting.
  • Easy access to cutting-edge equipment.
  • Attention to career development.
  • Good chances for a job after you graduate.

Whether to attend graduate school, what to study, and where to go are important questions. You should make a careful decision and tailor your choice to your needs, goals, and interests. You really do have lots of options available to you, and they can seem overwhelming, but the good news is that you can probably find a program that's a good fit. As you look through this web site you'll see that we've got some very interesting research going on in many areas of ecology, environmental science, and geology, and we offer both the Ph.D. degree as well as a rigorous, thesis-based M.S. If that sounds good, consider joining us for your graduate work!

Degrees We Offer

EES offers both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Under a broad Earth-systems umbrella, students do basic research in many of the subdisciplines of ecology, environmental science, biogeochemistry, geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. The M.S. requires at least 24 credit hours of coursework, a total of 30 credits, and a thesis that we expect to be of publishable quality. The Ph.D. requires additional credit hours (depending on your entry-level), and of course a dissertation, on the road to which there are two exams designed to assess, respectively, your overall training (qualifying exam), and your specialized expertise relevant to your dissertation proposal (proposal defense).

Admissions

Admissions Open: Fall/Spring

Fall Deadline for Application Review: January 1

Spring Deadline for Application Review: November 1

Contact Information

Robert Booth, Graduate Director
Email: rkb205@lehigh.edu
Phone Number: 610-758-6580

Admission Requirements

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation Required.
  • GRE general test scores Required.

International Applicants

International Applicants are required to demonstrate English language skills equal to those required of degree-seeking students. All international applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test and submit scores.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

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As Lehigh’s largest and most diverse college, we are home to the social sciences, arts, humanities, and natural sciences. With 1,894 undergraduate students, 342 graduate students, 270 full-time faculty and 90 professional staff, we are comparable in size and offer the intimacy of a liberal arts college, yet benefit from the resources of a research university. Our faculty are accomplished scholars, artists, and writers, recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields, who share a commitment to the integration of teaching and scholarship into innovative, dynamic curricula set in an intellectually stimulating environment. Read less