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Graduate Resources

The Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences offers MS and PhD degrees in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Students can choose from a broad collection of sub-disciplines that generally fall under one or more of the three branches of geosciences: earth, air, and water.

Researchers in the Department of Earth & 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.


Graduate courses are listed as 800 and higher.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

The multi-disciplinary environment of the Department encourages interactions with other UNL units including the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Civil Engineering, School of Natural Resources, State Conservation and Survey Division, UNL State Museum, Center for Advanced Land Management and Information Technologies (CALMIT), and The Water Center.



Applicants must have a baccalaureate or graduate degree to gain admission in full standing. All applicants must submit valid GRE scores for the General Test. Applicants lacking any of these requirements may be granted provisional status until the deficiencies are cleared.

Although the department has no formal minimum GPA or GRE score requirements, offers of financial support, for example Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships, tend to go to students with the highest academic credentials.

A major criterion for acceptance in our program is that an EAS faculty member indicates that they are willing to serve as your advisor. Applicants are advised to contact relevant faculty to discuss openings in their research groups. A list of EAS faculty is available here.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for Fall
  • Sept. 1 for Spring
  • Feb. 1 for Summer
  • Jan. 15 to assure consideration for financial support for Fall Semester