Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (PHD)


Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, PhD

On Campus 90 cr

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.

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  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Geology
  3. Great Plains Studies
  4. Geoscience Education
  5. Hydrogeology
  6. Meteorology/Climatology

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Personal Statement:  Your statement should include
    1. How you became interested in earth and atmospheric sciences
    2. Your long-term goals
    3. How graduate study in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Nebraska will help you achieve your goals
    4. Any additional information you think will help in evaluating your application.
  • Three recommendation letters

Admission Deadlines

For funding consideration, apply by January 15 for fall.

International students are encouraged to apply early: by December 15 for fall, by September 1 for spring, or by March 15 for summer.

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Graduate Chair

Matthew Van Den Broeke

Support Staff

Janelle Gerry

Tuition & Fees

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