Ph.D. Degree Program
The Earth System Science Ph.D. program at UC Irvine focuses on the science of the Earth as a system with an emphasis on atmospheric chemistry, physical climate and the biogeochemistry of land, ocean and atmosphere.
We aim to help our students develop a mechanistic understanding of the Earth and gain the conceptual and analytical tools needed for research in this rapidly growing field.
The Earth System Science Ph.D. program is fully-funded, including tuition and fees, in addition to a yearly stipend.
Students with undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science and any field of geophysical or environmental science, including atmospheric science, oceanography, geophysics, and geology are encouraged to apply. The general background expected of incoming graduate students includes:
Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
One-year sequences of undergraduate physics (calculus based) and chemistry.
Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are invited to apply, provided they meet the general background standards listed above. Undergraduate courses in atmospheric science, oceanography, and biology are useful but not required as part of the undergraduate background. Students who are unsure if their academic background or training matches the profile described above are encouraged to contact potential advisors.
To obtain a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Earth System Science, students must fulfill the Ph.D. requirements. For a look at a year-by-year breakdown of degree requirements, please see our Sample Timetable.
Graduate coursework includes a multidisciplinary curriculum covering physical, chemical and biological aspects of Earth system science.
ESS graduate students travel around the world to conduct research in the mountains, forests, oceans, caves, glaciers, laboratories and climate simulation centers.
Awards & Recognition
Our highly decorated graduate students and faculty earn some of the industry’s most prestigious awards and fellowships each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional questions about the ESS Graduate Program, please visit our FAQs for the Earth System Science (ESS) Graduate Program.
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