Earth and Planetary Sciences PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 16

Course Title
GROUP A (6 units): 300-level EARTH courses, taken with regular letter grades.
GROUP B (2 units): 300- or 400-level courses in mathematics, statistics, natural sciences or engineering, taken with regular letter grades.
GROUP C (6 units): Courses bearing graduate credit in science or engineering, including independent study courses (499's) and other EARTH courses. No more than two of the courses in this group can be taken with a P/N (pass/no pass) option. Other courses may be considered toward fulfillment of Group C by written petition to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). 1
GROUP D (2 units): EARTH 499-0 courses (independent studies) with two different faculty, taken with regular letter grades.

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: qualifying examination for admission to candidacy, ordinarily taken during second year (when students usually select dissertation topic and research supervisor)
  • Research/Projects: none specified
  • PhD Dissertation: original, independent research
  • Final Evaluations: examination dealing primarily with dissertation