Overview of the EES Graduate Program

The EES Department offers a graduate program linked to nationally prominent research in key areas of Earth & Environmental Science. Our internationally recognized faculty work closely with students on their research projects and offer engaging and cutting-edge graduate courses. Active research discussion groups, weekly departmental lunches and seminars, and an annual graduate student research symposium all facilitate broad discussion, collaboration, and a dynamic intellectual environment.

Degrees We Offer

EES offers both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Under a broad Earth-systems umbrella, students do basic research in many of the subdisciplines of ecology, environmental science, biogeochemistry, geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. The M.S. requires at least 24 credit hours of coursework, a total of 30 credits, and a thesis that we expect to be of publishable quality. The Ph.D. requires additional credit hours (depending on your entry level), and of course a dissertation, on the road to which there are two exams designed to assess, respectively, your overall training (qualifying exam), and your specialized expertise relevant to your dissertation proposal (proposal defense). More details about degree and program requirements can be found by peeking into our graduate handbook.

Additional Information

For general information about graduate study at Lehigh, visit the College of Arts and Sciences' graduate web pages. Information for prospective and current students can also be found by following the sidebar links.

Further information about graduate study in EES may be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Jill McDermott, Graduate Director, ingrdees@lehigh.edu

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lehigh University
1 W. Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, Pa. 18105-3001
Phone: 610-758-3660
Fax: 610-758-3677