SPATIAL AND EARTH SCIENCES PhD Program

The Department of Earth and Environmental Systems now offers an exciting, interdisciplinary doctoral degree in SPATIAL AND EARTH SCIENCES. The newly redesigned program offers advanced studies in geography, geospatial sciences and earth sciences.  Students have a wide range of research topics to choose from, including remote sensing, geographic information science, human geography, dendrochronology, environmental sciences, geoarchaeology, geochemistry, paleoecology, and paleoceanography.  Students can select either a geography or earth science concentration depending on their research interests and career goals. The doctoral program allows for a flexible program of study that can be tailored to a students interests.  

Graduate application procedures

Requirements

The 9-12 hour core consists of a research design and proposal preparation course (ENVI 611), a quantitative methods course (ENVI 645), and a field techniques course (ENVI 610) or other credit or non-credit field experience approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee. A 700 level seminar (ENVI 733) that emphasizes current interdisciplinary issues in spatial and earth sciences completes the core.

In the geography concentration all students complete a minimum of 9 additional hours of coursework in geography (GEOG) at the 600-level or above (excluding dissertation hours) completed in consultation with, and approved by, the student’s dissertation committee. The required nine hours must be completed while in residency at ISU.  

In the earth science concentration all students complete a minimum of 9 additional hours of earth science coursework (ANTH, ENVI, or GEOL) at the 600-level or above (excluding dissertation hours) completed in consultation with and approved by the student’s dissertation committee.  The required nine hours must be completed while in residency at ISU.  

In summary, a minimum of 83 semester hours of graduate credit are required, including an acceptable dissertation (899--18 hrs.), 9-12 hours of core courses, 9 hour specialization (Geography or Earth Science), 3-6 hours of electives in the Department (ANTH, ENVI, GEOG, or GEOL), and a minimum of 6 hours of cognate courses taken outside the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems selected in consultation with, and approved by, the student’s dissertation committee.  Master’s hours may be included in the total.  

The student's dissertation committee will determine courses to be taken within the major and outside the department, as well as additional requirements that may be appropriate.  These requirements may include, but are not limited to, courses to remove any deficiencies. 

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies requires that at least one-half of the credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 600 and above.   Selection of the dissertation advisor and committee should be done no later than the end of the first academic year. Demonstration of “research proficiency” is required for all doctoral students prior to being admitted to candidacy.  Students will have met the research proficiency by completing all core courses with a B (3.0) or better.  The student must submit an acceptable dissertation proposal, satisfactorily pass oral preliminary examinations and must demonstrate satisfactory performance on a final oral examination and dissertation defense.  To help ensure teaching proficiency, each Ph.D. candidate must participate in the teaching program of the department for at least two semesters or one semester and a full summer session. 

Graduate level EES courses
       •  ENVI 501 - Geographic Information Systems: Applications
       •  ENVI 502 - The Processing of Spatial Data for Geoscientists
       •  ENVI 504 - Automated Cartography
       •  ENVI 505 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
       •  ENVI 506 - Remote Sensing: Image Development and Interpretation
       •  ENVI 507 - Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis of Spectral Data
       •  ENVI 508 - Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis
       •  ENVI 512 - Advanced Cartography
       •  ENVI 515 - Advanced Quantitative Geography
       •  ENVI 517 - Industrial Geography
       •  ENVI 518 - Political Geography
       •  ENVI 521 - Geographical Analysis of Urban Systems
       •  ENVI 536 - Environmental Archaeology
       •  ENVI 545 - Archaeological Methods
       •  ENVI 546 - Midwestern Archaeology
       •  ENVI 547 - Current Issues in Archaeology
       •  ENVI 550 - Environmental Modeling and Mapping
       •  ENVI 552 - Quaternary Environments
       •  ENVI 553 - Climatology
       •  ENVI 554 - Introduction to Hydrology
       •  ENVI 555 - Groundwater Hydrology
       •  ENVI 556 - Lakes and Wetlands
       •  ENVI 557 - Environmental Geology
       •  ENVI 558 - Medical Geology
       •  ENVI 563 - Soil Genesis and Classification
       •  ENVI 565 - Fundamentals of Tree-Ring Research
       •  ENVI 570 - Paleontology and Geobiology
       •  ENVI 571 - Quaternary Paleoecology
       •  ENVI 575 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
       •  ENVI 579 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles
       •  ENVI 581 - Geochemistry
       •  ENVI 582 - Volcanic Processes and Hazards
       •  ENVI 583 - Mineral Resources
       •  ENVI 586 - Geophysics
       •  ENVI 588 - Geoscience Research Methods
       •  ENVI 590 - Field Geography of the United States
       •  ENVI 591 - Archeological Field School
       •  ENVI 596 - Advanced Research
       •  ENVI 597 - Seminar in Advanced Topics
       •  ENVI 610 - Field Techniques
       •  ENVI 611 - Research Design
       •  ENVI 645 - Advanced Spatial Analysis and Quantitative Methods
       •  ENVI 733 - Seminar in Earth and Environmental Systems

       •  GEOL 584 - Energy Resources
       •  GEOL 600 - Foundations in Geography-Geology
       •  GEOL 601 - Astronomy and Meteorology for Teachers
       •  GEOL 602 - Geology for Teachers
       •  GEOL 607 - Environmental Geochemistry
       •  GEOL 657 - Advanced Geomorphology
       •  GEOL 661 - Advanced Research in Geology
       •  GEOL 664 - Regional Topics in Geology
       •  GEOL 666 - Early Life on Earth
       •  GEOL 668 - Quantitative Methods Seminar
       •  GEOL 682 - Paleoceanography
       •  GEOL 683 - Coastal Environments
       •  GEOL 685 - Sandstone Petrology
       •  GEOL 690 - Advanced Topics in Earth and Quaternary Sciences
       •  GEOL 697 - Research Seminar in Geology
       •  GEOL 699 - Master’s Thesis

       •  GEOG 552 - Quaternary Environments
       •  GEOG 600 - Foundations in Geography-Geology
       •  GEOG 601 - Astronomy and Meteorology for Teachers
       •  GEOG 606 - Economic Activity in Man’s Spatial Environment
       •  GEOG 612 - Development of Geographic Thought
       •  GEOG 615 - Advanced Climatology
       •  GEOG 616 - Soils
       •  GEOG 629 - Individual Research in Physical Geography
       •  GEOG 630 - Advanced Economic Geography
       •  GEOG 631 - Location Theory
       •  GEOG 632 - Seminar in Global Studies
       •  GEOG 636 - Comparative Land Use Studies
       •  GEOG 637 - Regional Resources and Conservation Problems
       •  GEOG 649 - Individual Research in Economic Geography
       •  GEOG 657 - Advanced Geomorphology
       •  GEOG 665 - Remote Sensing/GIS: Computer-Assisted Techniques
       •  GEOG 667 - Remote Sensing: Research Seminar in Geographical Applications
       •  GEOG 680 - Urban-Regional Analysis I
       •  GEOG 681 - Urban-Regional Analysis II
       •  GEOG 684 - Internship in Urban-Regional Studies
       •  GEOG 699 - Master’s Thesis
       •  GEOG 700 - Seminar in Physical Geography
       •  GEOG 710 - Seminar in Economic Geography
       •  GEOG 711 - Seminar in Location Theory
       •  GEOG 899 - Ph.D. Dissertation

       •  ANTH 601 - Geoarchaeology Seminar