Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • *M.S.; *Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • Climatology
  • Hydrologic Sciences
  • Meteorology
  • Sedimentary Geology
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Geoscience Education
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Meteorology/Climatology
  • Water Resources Planning and Management (M.S.)

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Department application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three recommendation letters

Application Deadline

For Financial Consideration
   Fall: January 15
   Fall: March 1   Spring: September 1   Summer: February 1

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Researchers in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences examine a wide variety of issues relevant to Earth systems and Earth system history. The primary emphasis is on Earth's atmospheric and hydrological systems and the interaction of these systems with the sedimentary cycle.

Recent graduates have performed research in physical and chemical hydrogeology, hydrogeologic modeling, surficial processes, geomorphology, sedimentology, vertebrate paleontology, micropaleontology, geochemistry, petrology, structure and tectonics, climate change, land/surface atmosphere interactions, physical climatology and meteorology, severe storms, snow and ice studies, surface energy balance modeling, and synoptic meteorology.

Departmental researchers have obtained large grants supporting multidisciplinary research efforts in areas as disparate as Antarctica and the Nebraska Sand Hills. They encourage collaborative work with the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Center for Advanced Land Management and Information Technologies, the School of Natural Resources, and other related University of Nebraska-Lincoln departments.

Recent graduates are employed as faculty by research universities and liberal arts colleges, and as weather forecasters, petroleum geologists, consulting geologists and scientific staff by various governmental agencies.

Courses and More

Students in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Polar Weather and Climate; Weather Analysis and Forecasting; Climate Change and Variability; Remote Sensing; Severe Weather
Environmental aqueous geochemistry; geocognition and geoscience education
Climatology; Drought monitoring/management
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The deformation and petroleum potential of mountain belts and their associated basins worldwide, using satellite images, sandbox modeling, fieldwork and integration with available depth data.
Climate Variations; Severe Weather Safety; Climate Assessment and Impacts
Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology; Petroleum Geology; Marine Geology
Carbonate Sedimentology; Paleoclimatology; Marine Geology; Diagenesis; Stratigraphy
Quaternary Environments; Paleoclimatology; Limnology; Climate Change and Variability; Micropaleontology
Water cycling and water quality in groundwater and the unsaturated zone; Chemical and physical hydrogeology, Aqueous geochemistry, Stable isotope geochemistry
Optical Geochronology; Mineralogy; Geochemistry; Economic Geology
Regional Geologic Problems; Structural Geology
     Adjunct Faculty
Micropaleontology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology; Glacial Geology; Marine Geology
Vertebrate paleontology, Ecosystem Studies, Paleoclimatology
Clay Mineralogy; Sedimentology; Diagenesis; Stratigraphy
Atmospheric Convection; Mesoscale Processes; Severe Weather; Instrumentation; Climate Diagnostics
Precipitation Variations; Climatology
Vertebrate Paleontology; Stratigraphy
Sedimentology and stratigraphy
Organic Geochemistry; Aqueous Geochemistry; Mineral Deposits; Diagenesis
Climate Change and Reconstruction; Pleistocene and Historical Environments; Dendroclimatology; Remote Sensing
Climate Change and Variability; Hydrometeorology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions; Limnology
Modern and Ancient Convergent Margins
Sedimentology; Paleoclimatology; Quaternary Environments
Climate Modeling; Climate Change and Variability; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions; Climate Diagnostics
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Chemical and Physical Hydrogeology; Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions; Fluvial Geomorphology
Marine Geology; Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Boundary Layer Dynamics; Mesoscale Processes; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Vertebrate paleontology, Paleoclimatology, Stable isotope geochemistry, Biostratigraphy
Sedimentology; Geomorphology; Physical Sedimentation
Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Petrology
Igneous Petrology
Severe weather, Radar Meteorology, Microphysics & Precipitation Processes, Mesoscale processes, Land-atmosphere interactions
Vertebrate Paleontology
Atmospheric Chemistry; Radiative Energy Budget; Remote Sensing; Data Assimilation
Micropaleontology; Marine Geology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology
The materials that are at the surface of the earth and the processes that shape, modify and move them
Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology; Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions; Hydrology; Aquifer Hydraulics

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