Information for Prospective Students

Prospective students interested in Earth System Science are encouraged to contact one of the following three participating departments depending on the area of interest:

    • Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOSC)

    • Department of Geography (GEOG)

    • Department of Geology (GEOL)

When applying to the graduate program in one of the three departments, prospective students should indicate their interest in designation as an Earth System Fellow enabling participation in ESSIC activities.


Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

    • 4 years of English

    • 4 years of Math (Algebra I and II, Geometry)

    • 3 years of science with 2 laboratory experiences

    • 3 years of history/social studies

    • 2 years of foreign language


    • Typically have a B.S. in atmospheric science, meteorology, oceanography, physics, chemistry, or engineering

    • Research experience

    • Experience writing software


    • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate backgrounds: calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, physics, and chemistry



Bachelor of Science – See above.


    • Meet B.S. in Geography requirements with a 3.5 GPA

    • Meet M.S. in Geography requirements with a 3.0 GPA

    • Apply during junior year


    • B.S./M.S. in:
        • environmental, physical, and biological sciences

        • anthropology

        • economics

        • history

        • social science

    • 3.3 GPA

    • Knowledge of data processing and statistics

    • Statement of purpose



Master of Science/Doctorate

    • B.S. and/or M.S. in: geology, geophysics, geochemistry, chemistry, physics, math, or related science

    • Transcripts

    • 3 Letters of recommendation

    • Statement of purpose