Geophysics (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is committed to providing the highest quality education for all our students:

We strive, through excellence in research, to contribute to new understanding of our Earth and its atmosphere and to pass on to students the rewards of participating in scientific discovery

We strive, through devotion to teaching, to arouse in all students, not only our own majors but also those throughout the university, a desire for learning, an appreciation of science and a curiosity about Earth's global environment.

We strive, through active outreach to the community, to serve and share with others our experience and knowledge and to provide a thorough and rigorous education in the atmospheric sciences that enables students to seek careers in the academic, research, or operational communities.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: July 1 (International: May 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G; Resume; Professional Goal Statement
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: November 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.3131
Chair: William Dannevik, Ph.D.
Geosciences Director: Robert Herrmann, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
  • Of every applicant, a committee examines and reviews each item of their application wholly.

Geophysics Application Review Process

Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.

Admission Statistics: Typically, there are 12-15 graduate students in Geophysics and Geology.

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 48 semester-hours of preparation for the research-phase when the doctorate is pursued directly from the baccalaureate. | EAS Graduate Course Descriptions

Program Description: The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in academic research, teaching, government or industrial research environments.  | Graduate Study in Geosciences

Careers Possibilities: Earthquake Hazard Analyst; Environmental Consultant; Exploration Geophysicist | What do geoscientists do?

Curriculum & Program Details: Active research areas in geophysics include earthquake seismology, tectonics, gravimetry, physics of the deep interior, and exploration geophysics. Previous required coursework includes college physics, classical mechanics, mathematics through differential equations, and preferably structural geology. | EAS Student Information

About the EAS Faculty: Many faculty have national and international recognition. David Crossley is Chair of GGP and Robert Herrmann, the Otto W. Nuttli Professor of Geophysics, serves on national committees for Earthquake Hazard Reduction. The Department also has the Reinert Endowed Chair in Natural Sciences. | EAS Faculty Directory

Scholarships & Financial Aid: External grant funding in the Geoscience section of the Department typically runs over $500K per year; the main funding agencies are the USGS, NSF, DTRA, and DOE. About 80-85 percent of students are supported through fellowships or grants.  | Financial Aid for Geoscience graduate students  | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Our past research strength has always been in Seismology and Geophysics, and we now have three seismologists to continue the tradition. We have recently expanded our research expertise to include the interdisciplinary area of environmental science and remote sensing in addition to our strengths in geology. Research facilities include a network of seismograph stations surrounding the New Madrid fault zone, state-of-the-art seismic observatories which transmit data by satellite from sites distributed across a broad region of the central United States, excellent computing facilities consisting of LINUX, Solaris, MAC and PC workstations, rock preparation and mineral separation facilities, stable isotope geochemistry lab, remote sensing and digital image analysis labs. Extensive research is conducted at SLU's Earthquake Center and the Seismic Analysis and Remote Sensing Laboratories. | EAS Research Facilities

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