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The Geology Graduate Program provides a dynamic interdisciplinary environment for studies of the Earth and planets, as well as the history of life on Earth, and applied and environmental geosciences.


The Geography Graduate Program provides a strong core in geographic concepts, theories, methods, and traditions, with more in-depth course-work available in geography’s four main areas of emphasis: environmental sciences; methods, models, and GIS Science; nature and society; and people, place, and region.

Forensic Science

This comprehensive program incorporates a unique curriculum that balances breadth and depth of study, covering the theoretical foundations of the biological and physical sciences as used in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of evidence. Through scholarly coursework and high-quality research, the program provides a strong foundation in science, as well as an understanding of the logic and workings of the legal system. It incorporates high quality instruction and advanced, hands-on training in forensic science techniques and crime laboratory methodologies.

Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric science is the study of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere and its interrelationship with the hydrosphere and the biosphere. The Graduate Group in Atmospheric Science offers both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs. A student may place emphasis on graduate work in one or more of the following fields: air quality meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, biometeorology, micrometeorology, numerical weather prediction, remote sensing, climate dynamics, large scale dynamics, and meso-scale meteorology.

Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Graduate Group is an interdisciplinary group of over 90 faculty and is recognized for the mathematical rigor of its programs and its dynamic research atmosphere. The program is targeted for students who are attracted to mathematics, but who also wish to apply mathematical ideas to advance our understanding of science and engineering. The program admits qualified students with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, economics, the life sciences, and related fields.


The Textiles Graduate Program gives students an in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of textiles including the social and physical sciences in relation to textile usage, and the ability to design and conduct research in textiles and to interpret and communicate the results and conclusions. Students in the program can emphasize either the physical science, behavior aspects, or the integrated studies of textiles and fibrous materials.

Geographic Studies

The minor in Geographic Studies is defined by its concern with place. Geographers strive to answer spatial questions regarding the Earth’s surface; to describe and explain the character of regions; to ascertain the ways in which historical and contemporary humans have used and shaped the Earth’s surface; and to understand the interactions of physical, biotic and human systems within our global environment. The minor is compatible with a variety of environmental majors in the college.