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GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Penn State's Department of Geosciences is consistently ranked near the top of graduate school rankings and attracts talented students from around the world. Join one of our prestigious research programs , and you'll be following a line of successful academic and industry scientists that dates back to 1913.

Geosciences Graduate Programs

Demian Saffer, Department of Geosciences
Demian Saffer
Interim Associate Head for Graduate Programs and Research

M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in Geosciences

Established in 1913, the Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, one of the original colleges of the University. 

Our Faculty

Dedicated to academic and professional excellence, our faculty members emphasize both fundamental and interdisciplinary study. Despite their high research productivity, our faculty are committed to delivering the very finest undergraduate geoscience education in the country.

Student Life

Graduate student life is engaging, with frequent seminars, lab-group meetings, field trips, and social events. Annual faculty-student softball games and the "Entropy" party each spring offer ample opportunity for more casual interaction with faculty.

Come for a Visit

Please browse our site and let us know if you have questions or would like to arrange a visit. We're looking forward to seeing you on campus!

 

Demian Saffer
Interim Associate Head for Graduate Programs and Research

Vital Numbers

#2 Environmental Sciences

U.S News & World Report, 2014 America's Best Graduate Schools

#1 Geology

U.S. News & World Report, 2014 America's Best Graduate Schools

#2 Geochemistry

U.S News & World Report, 2014 America's Best Graduate Schools

#6 Earth Sciences

U.S News & World Report, 2014 America's Best Graduate Schools

#6 Research Funding

Earth Science, NSF Research Expenditure Rankings, 2008

#8 Paleontology

U.S News & World Report, 2010 America's Best Graduate Schools

#4 Large Earth Science Ph.D. Programs

PhDs.org Grad. School Rankings

95 Graduate Students

131 Undergraduates