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Earth Science involves the study of physical, chemical, and biological processes of the earth over time. Earth Science students find opportunities in the environmental, engineering, mining, teaching, exploration and geophysics fields, and in hydrology, space science and oceanography. A background in earth science is unique in that it combines many fields into a unified physical science; as such, the study of earth science is a valuable addition to a variety of scientific disciplines. Within the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College, we offer undergraduate and graduate degrees to train a variety of students. The undergraduate degree contains both course and field work components, and provides the background knowledge for a career in earth sciences. Although not required, often undergraduate students also are encouraged to take part in active research projects under the direction of faculty within the department. Graduate studies involve academic course work and independent research. The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated scholarship and expertise in their field of earth science, and conducted novel independent research. To this end, the doctoral program is designed to develop the skills needed to conduct and interpret original research in the earth sciences, and to present the data and conclusions in a publishable format. The detailed requirements of each degree are discussed below.

The Department of Earth Science offers much more than academics. The department works to provide a friendly atmosphere for all students. Undergraduate students play a visible and important role in the department, both in departmental research and life. The relative small size of the department also helps graduate students to have regular access to their advisors, and collaboration with other professors in the department of earth science, other departments on campus, and outside investigators is encouraged. We feel strongly that these factors make our department a unique and exceptional opportunity for outstanding students interested in both undergraduate and graduate study in earth sciences.

The specifics of the Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Earth Science
are available below:

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