Graduate Programs in Geosciences

The Geosciences Department offers the following graduate degree programs:

Ph.D. in Geoscience

M.S. in Geoscience with a concentration in Earth and Space Sciences

M.S. in Hydrogeology

M.A.T in Earth Science (through the School for Professional Development)


As the core discipline examining Earth's natural processes and materials,Geosciences boasts unparalleled diversity. Spurred by urgent scientific and social questions, ranging from environmental concerns to the origin and evolution of the planet itself, the Geosciences are experiencing remarkable growth, with excellent career opportunities. The Geosciences encompass many disciplines including geology, geochemistry, and geophysics, and its interdisciplinary nature fosters natural links not only with chemistry and physics, but also with environmental science, materials science, engineering, biology, and health fields. Developments in technology and new innovative approaches have transformed graduate study in many areas within Geosciences, and students participate in research utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities. 

Graduate students may choose among degree programs with emphasis in different areas in Geosciences. Ph.D. programs are offered with areas of emphasis that include seismology and tectonics, mineral and rock physics, crystal chemistry, geochemistry, petrology, and sedimentary geology (described in more detail below). The department is always eager to admit new qualified graduate students, particularly students with an interest in our current areas of research

The Department of Geosciences occupies a modern, well-equipped building that houses extensive experimental and analytical labs, faculty and graduate student offices, numerous computers and workstations, and an electronics support group. The Center for Environmental Molecular Science, Mineral Physics Institute, the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute (LIGRI), the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC), the Seawulf cluster computing facility and nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory offer additional support and laboratory facilities for graduate student research. In particular, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven offers unparalleled opportunities for faculty and graduate students to perform unique experiments requiring high-intensity X-rays and is only 20 miles away. 

New graduate students in these programs are typically supported with a full tuition waiver and a competitive annual salary. Other graduate student fellowship opportunities offered by Stony Brook University are another means of support. In addition, qualified students might also wish to submit proposals to the NSF (National Science Foundation) for pre-doctoral support. Students who maintain good academic progress in course work and research almost always enjoy continued support (at the same or higher levels as described above) until they have obtained their degree. 

The department also offers a non-thesis M.S. program in hydrogeology focused primarily on training professionals in environmentally related fields. In addition there is an M.A.T. in Earth Science, which leads to provisional certification for teaching earth science in secondary schools of New York State, and an M.S. in Geosciences with a concentration in Earth and Space Sciences. These programs generally do not provided tuition waivers or salary support. 

 

Areas of Emphasis in Graduate Study and Research 

The Department's philosophy has been to pursue excellence by concentrating its research initiatives in specific areas of the Geosciences. Graduate students benefit from greater focus and also enjoy close interaction with faculty members. A distinctive aspect of graduate study in the Geosciences Department is the opportunity for collaborative research, often involving several faculty members. The Department's extensive state-of-the art computers, laboratory facilities and modern instrumentation have helped to foster a well-earned reputation for observational, experimental, multi-faceted approaches to Geosciences research. Cooperative programs with other departments, nearby institutions, and national laboratories provide access to unique facilities (e.g., NSLS).

Areas of Emphasis in Graduate Study and Research

Areas of Emphasis by Individual Faculty


Further Information:

Geosciences Graduate School Brochure

Graduate School Bulletin

 


Contacts

For further information on the Geosciences programs, please contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator: B. Yvonne Barbour
Room 255 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-8554 
email: yvonne.barbour "at" stonybrook.edu 


Director of Graduate Studies: Brian Phillips
Room 254 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-8200
Email: brian.phillips "at" stonybrook.edu

Much useful information can also be found on the Graduate School Website 


Further information on the Master of Science in Hydrogeology program, please contact:
Professor Teng-fong Wong 
Room 356 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-8212 
Email: teng-fong.wong "at" stonybrook.edu

Further information on the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Earth and Space Science, please contact:
Professor Gilbert Hanson 
Room 310 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-8210 
Email: gilbert.hanson "at" stonybrook.edu

 

Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200