Doctorate in Natural Sciences in USA

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Natural Sciences

A PhD is the abbreviation for Doctor of philosophy. This degree is a post graduate program delivered to a high level student researcher who has done deep research in a specific field or subject.

Research in Natural Studies is vital to understanding how the earth works and how its various systems interact with one another. Those who study Natural Science on the doctoral level will be in a position to lead these studies. A PhD in Natural Science is the degree required for research and instruction in this area of science.

The USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students. Universities in the US dominate the world rankings and the country also offers a wide variety of exciting study locations. State university systems are partially subsidized by state governments, and may have many campuses spread around the state, with hundreds of thousands of students.

Top Doctoral Programs in Natural Sciences in USA 2018

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PhD in Chemistry

Binghamton University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Binghamton

The PhD is awarded primarily for an original investigation which results in a significant advance in knowledge within an area of chemistry. A firm grasp of the fundamental principles, experimental techniques and current theories of chemistry is also required... [+]

PhD in Chemistry

Binghamton University's graduate program in chemistry offers the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in chemistry for students who are innovative, competitive and highly motivated in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as other relevant interdisciplinary subjects.

By the end of the first year, each student is paired with a faculty advisor based on research interests and availability. Our department advisors provide guidance for students throughout their academic career, from course selection to research development.

Our students are regularly recognized for exceptional academic achievement and research efforts through various awards and scholarships. Other funding opportunities such as teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and stipends are also available.... [-]


PhD in Mathematical Modeling

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

Mathematical modeling is the process of developing mathematical descriptions, or models, of real-world systems. These models can be linear or nonlinear, discrete or continuous, deterministic or stochastic, and static or dynamic, and they enable investigating, analyzing, and predicting the behavior of systems in a wide variety of fields. [+]

PhD in Mathematical Modeling

Program overview

Please Note: This program is currently recruiting its first class, which will begin in fall 2017.

Mathematical modeling is the process of developing mathematical descriptions, or models, of real-world systems. These models can be linear or nonlinear, discrete or continuous, deterministic or stochastic, and static or dynamic, and they enable investigating, analyzing, and predicting the behavior of systems in a wide variety of fields. Every mathematical modeling enterprise has four aspects: the content of the application field, the mathematical formulation and analysis, the analytical and computational methods (which often involve high-performance computing), and the interpretation and analysis of the results. Through extensive research, graduates of this program will have the expertise not only to use the tools of mathematical modeling in various application settings but also to contribute in creative and innovative ways to solve complex interdisciplinary problems and to communicate effectively with domain experts in various fields.... [-]


PhD in Imaging Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. [+]

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate proficiency by:

Successfully completing coursework, including a core curriculum, as defined by the student’s plan of study; Passing a series of examinations; and Completing an acceptable dissertation under the supervision of the student’s research adviser and dissertation committee.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in imaging science, candidates must:

Hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or one of the natural sciences. (Because imaging science encompasses a wide variety of scientific disciplines, students with diverse backgrounds are accepted into the program. Exceptional students from other fields may be accepted.) Have completed courses in calculus, university physics (one year), modern physics, and a computer language. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Submit official transcripts from all previous coursework. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals well-qualified to judge their abilities for graduate study. Submit an application for graduate study. ... [-]

PhD in Color Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

Color science research at RIT encompasses such diverse fields as medical data visualization, computer graphics and animation, art conservation, spectral and spatial measurements of materials, color printing, digital photography, motion picture and television, and modeling of our perceptions for use in defining color quality. [+]

Doctor of Philosophy in Color Science

Color has been a topic of intense interest and inquiry for hundreds if not thousands of years. As a generalization, color science can be defined as the quantification of our perception of color. Its mastery requires an interdisciplinary educational approach encompassing physics, chemistry, physiology, statistics, computer science, and psychology. Color science is used in the design and control of most man-made colored materials including textiles, coatings, and polymers and to specify such diverse materials as soil and wine. It is used extensively in color reproduction including digital photography, desktop and projection display, and printing. As we begin the 21st century, color science is ubiquitous.... [-]


PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. [+]

PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.... [-]


PhD in Microsystems Engineering

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

This multidisciplinary program builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems. [+]

Ph. D. in Microsystems Engineering

RIT offers a unique program leading to a doctorate degree in microsystems engineering. This multidisciplinary program builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems. These include the manipulation of electrical, photonic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological functionality to process, sense, and interface with the world at a nanometer scale. The goal of the program is to provide a foundation to explore future technology through research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies and their integration into micro- and nano-scaled systems. Some of the program’s areas of exploration include the following:... [-]


PhD in Materials Science at Montana State University

American Consortium of Universities (INTERLINK)
Campus September 2018 USA Louisville

The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. [+]

The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech.

Research specialties are focused in four areas:

Biomaterials Electronic, photonic and magnetic materials Materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation Materials synthesis, processing and fabrication

The curriculum integrates a broad range of physical science and engineering disciplines with an even broader range of applications, from health and medicine to nanotechnology to energy, environment and natural resources. ... [-]


PhD in Physics

Clarkson University Graduate School
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Potsdam

The program provides you with a sound background in classical and modern physics, with guidance and experience in research. [+]

The program provides you with a sound background in classical and modern physics, with guidance and experience in research.

The Department of Physics offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Physics. We offer close personal interaction between you and the faculty, giving individual attention to your needs and interests as you move through the program.

Active research interests in the department include chemical physics, energy storage and conversion, nonlinear phenomena, condensed matter physics, transport properties, effects of disorder, statistical mechanics, phase transitions, surface and interface physics, optics, biophysics, self-assembly of nanomaterials, unconventional computing and (bio)sensing.... [-]


PhD in Mathematics

Clarkson University Graduate School
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Potsdam

These programs are designed for you to increase your fundamental knowledge and to give you guidance and experience in applied research. [+]

These programs are designed for you to increase your fundamental knowledge and to give you guidance and experience in applied research.

Mathematics means a lot more than just numbers. Math is concepts, creativity, invention and solutions. It is the heart of applied science. Clarkson University offers graduate programs leading to an MS degree in mathematics. The emphasis of our degree program and our research activities is applied mathematics: dynamical systems, optimization, numerical analysis and computational methods, probability and statistics.

As a graduate student, you pursue these objectives by taking advanced courses, participating in seminars and carrying out and reporting on a research project. The department provides the advantage of a close personal association between you and the faculty, giving you individualized attention regarding your needs and interests.... [-]


PhD in Chemistry

Clarkson University Graduate School
Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2018 USA Potsdam

Our groundbreaking chemistry researchers are recognized as pioneers in colloid and fine particle research and discovery. [+]

Our groundbreaking chemistry researchers are recognized as pioneers in colloid and fine particle research and discovery.

Many of our faculty enjoy an outstanding international reputation for their research accomplishments. Their diverse, yet complementary research interests provide you with a broad variety of research topics from which to choose, including bionanotechnology, smart surfaces and interfaces, functional and stimuli-responsive materials, nanotherapeutics, diagnostics and biosensors.

The Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University has a long-standing reputation for providing a first-class education in chemistry, material and biomolecular sciences, with core expertise in advanced materials, colloidal science, surfaces and interfaces, nanoparticle research, polymer science, biomaterials, bionanotechnology, bioelectronics and biosensors. Faculty members are associated with the New York State-funded Center for Advanced Materials Processing and several other interdisciplinary programs on campus. Strengths of our program include a highly collaborative research environment and established connections with chemical and advanced materials industries. These relationships can provide opportunities for technology transfer and potential employment for you. Departmental research is supported by federal grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation as well as New York State and private industry funding.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology

Alabama State University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Montgomery

The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in microbiology, to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art basic research in microbiology, and closely related disciplines. [+]

The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in microbiology, to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art basic research in microbiology, and closely related disciplines.

Program Vision and Goals

The ultimate vision of the Ph.D. program in microbiology at Alabama State University is to make essential scientific and societal advancements for the benefit of the state of Alabama, region, and nation through the operation of a unique new doctoral research and training program. The research, education and service outcomes of the proposed Ph.D. Program in Microbiology will benefit Alabama’s citizens in important ways, namely: 1) create new opportunities to study environmental and commercial food resource issues important to the state’s economy, and the health and safety of its citizens, (2) provide marketable, doctoral-level training opportunities in areas of emerging scientific importance, (3) foster the development and implementation of scientific strategies that maximize stewardship of the state’s environmental and commercial resources, and (4) produce a pool of scientists capable of employing contemporary tools to address emerging societal threats such as rising food and waterborne diseases, bioterrorism, environmental contaminants, and new-generation microbial pathogens.... [-]


PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2018 USA Flagstaff

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. [+]

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community.

You have a choice of three emphases:

Earth and Planetary Systems Climate and Environmental Change Engineering Sustainable Systems Admissions

Admissions requirements for this graduate program:

Preference is given to students with a graduate degree from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, environmental policy & sustainability, engineering, ecology, forestry, planetary sciences or a closely related field. Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is a 4.0 = A) GRE General Test Emphases ... [-]

PhD in Biology

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2018 USA Flagstaff

Become an expert in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data through extensive research; advanced training; and an integrative, interdisciplinary, and evolutionary approach. [+]

Become an expert in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data through extensive research; advanced training; and an integrative, interdisciplinary, and evolutionary approach.

Degree requirements

To obtain this degree, you take the following 60 credit hours of coursework:

45 units beyond the bachelor’s degree, covering the major principles of biological sciences 15 units or more BIO 799 to research, write, and defend your dissertation Additional requirements

You must also:

have a reading knowledge of one foreign language or skill in statistics perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive exam in your fifth semester fulfill Northern Arizona University’s residence requirements pass the oral exam on your dissertation ... [-]

PhD in Astronomy

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2018 USA Flagstaff

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. [+]

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students.

Current and Future Faculty Expertise

Current faculty members use ground-based and space-based telescopes to study small bodies in the Solar System and the formation and evolution of other planetary systems; spacecraft imagery to study planetary surfaces; and a state-of-the-art laboratory to study astrophysical ice analogs. NAU faculty members have close research collaborations with scientists at local institutions including Lowell Observatory, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center, and the United States Naval Observatory. In the next few years, the Department will hire tenure-track faculty members with expertise in exoplanet science, astro-chemistry, astro-informatics, astronomical instrumentation, and observational astronomy specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related topics.... [-]


PhD in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of worldviews, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities. [+]

The PCC program has been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges.

Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, the faculty has constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within this work.

Students may earn either their MA or PhD, with a track in Integral Ecology if they choose (see below for more on the Integral Ecology track).

Both the MA and the PhD programs strive to embrace the degree goals throughout the curriculum and should be understood in the context of an overarching commitment to the cultivation of creative vitality and spiritual insight.... [-]