Graduate Division

Earth System Science Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

Understanding global environmental issues such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, and worldwide air pollution requires the cooperation of scientists across many fields. Global change is projected to accelerate through the 21st century and will impact the ecosystems that preserve the habitability of the planet. The Department of Earth System Science focuses on the atmosphere, land, and oceans, how these interact as a system, and how the Earth will change over a human lifetime. Earth System Science (ESS) is inherently interdisciplinary in scope, linking oceanography, atmospheric and terrestrial sciences, climatology, hydrology, biology, physics, and chemistry to understand the environment. ESS faculty includes chemists, biologists, ecologists, physicists, hydrologists, geologists, meteorologists, engineers, applied mathematicians, and oceanographers. The wide-ranging expertise of ESS faculty and teaching assistants allows students to learn valuable scientific skills in the classroom, laboratory, and field experiences.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • The Earth System Science Ph.D. program is fully-funded, including tuition and fees, in addition to a yearly stipend.
  • We aim to help our students develop a mechanistic understanding of the Earth and gain the conceptual and analytical tools needed for research in this rapidly growing field.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Students with undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology, ecology and any field of geophysical or environmental science, including atmospheric science, oceanography, geophysics, and geology are encouraged to apply. The general background expected of incoming graduate students includes:

  •     Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
  •     One-year sequences of undergraduate physics (calculus based) and chemistry.

Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are invited to apply, provided they meet the general background standards listed above. Undergraduate courses in atmospheric science, oceanography, and biology are useful but not required as part of the undergraduate background. Students who are unsure if their academic background or training matches the profile described above are encouraged to contact potential advisors.

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Financial Support

Does the program have scholarships or fellowships available?

Yes, all admitted students (including international students) are fully-funded. This includes a moving allowance, an annual stipend of $32,865, tuition and fees, and UCI health insurance.


Does UCI have on-campus housing for graduate students?

Yes, students who are admitted to the Earth System Science Ph.D. program are eligible for a guaranteed offer of on-campus housing. To be eligible for this guarantee students must respond to Housing prior to their deadline at the beginning of May. Please refer to the Graduate & Family Housing website for specific information.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Steven D. Allison, Ph.D. Stanford University, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Earth System Science


Elizabeth D. Crook, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment of Earth System Science


Kristen A. Davis, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science (coastal oceanography, fluid mechanics, turbulent flows)


Steven J. Davis, Ph.D. Stanford University, Department Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Earth System Science


Ellen R. Druffel, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Fred Kavli Chair in Earth System Science and Professor of Earth System Science


Julie E. Ferguson, Ph.D. Oxford University, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment of Earth System Science


Michael L. Goulden, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Earth System Science; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Claudia I. Czimczik, Ph.D. Max Planck Institute, Associate Professor of Earth System Science, Czimczik Lab


Alex Guenther, Ph.D. Washington State University, Professor of Earth System Science


Kathleen Johnson, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Earth System Science


Saewung Kim, Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science


Katherine Mackey, Ph.D. Stanford University, Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Earth System Science


Gudrun Magnusdottir, Ph.D. Colorado State University, Professor of Earth System Science


Adam Martiny, Ph.D. Technical University of Denmark, Associate Professor of Earth System Science; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Jefferson Moore, Ph.D. Oregon State University, Department Vice Chair and Professor of Earth System Science


Mathieu Morlighem, Ph.D. Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science


Nathan Mueller, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science


Michael J. Prather, Ph.D. Yale University, UCI Distinguished Professor of Earth System Science


Francois W. Primeau, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Earth System Science


Michael S. Pritchard, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science


James T. Randerson, Ph.D. Stanford University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Earth System Science; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


William S. Reeburgh, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Professor Emeritus of Earth System Science


Eric Rignot, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Department Chair and Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science


Eric S. Saltzman, Ph.D. University of Miami, Professor of Earth System Science; Chemistry


Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) and UCI Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science (hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydroclimate modeling, remote sensing, water sources management)


Susan E. Trumbore, Ph.D. Columbia University, Professor of Earth System Science


Isabella Velicogna, Ph.D. Università degli Studi di Trieste, UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Professor of Earth System Science


Jasper A. Vrugt, Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science (complex systems, modeling, statistics, hydrology, geophysics, ecology, data, optimization, hydropower, data assimilation)


Laurel L. Wilkening, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor Emerita of Earth System Science


Jin Yi Yu, Ph.D. University of Washington, Professor of Earth System Science


Charles S. Zender, Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder, Professor of Earth System Science; Computer Science

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