Earth Science


Changing climate, dwindling energy resources, natural hazards, and deteriorating environmental quality are among the most challenging of societal problems. Geoscientists, who study Earth processes and resources to understand and help address these and related issues, are in high demand. A graduate degree in Earth Science opens the door to career opportunities that involve: work that helps sustain society and protect the planet; innovative technologies; and outdoor adventures and world travel

Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Mineralogy; Petrology; Structural Geology; Sedimentary Geology; Petroleum Geology; Geoscience Education; Paleooceanography; Paleoclimatology; Geobiology; Human-Computer Interaction; GIS; Sclerochronology; Seismology; Economic Geology; Stable Isotope Geochemistry; Hydrology; Hydrogeology; Groundwater Modeling; Geomorphology; Glaciology; Paleontology; Micropaleontology; Physical Geography; Remote Sensing; Geospatial Modeling; Sustainability

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of Earth sciences; Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of Earth sciences; Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data; Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline; Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing, and often through the use images (tables, figures, and other forms of imagery) and electronic or other forms of media; Articulate how the graduate program, including coursework and creative scholarship, fits into life and career goals; and Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Dr. Franek Hasiuk
Phone: 515-294-6610
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: Priority date of January 1

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Geology Program Graduate Applications
Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
253 Science Hall
2237 Osborn Dr
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1027