The Graduate Program in Yale’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers students the opportunity to study and do research in a wide range of cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary areas. The department accepts applications for our Ph.D. program (note that we have no Masters program) from various fields and majors. In addition to geoscience majors, we are interested in students from various disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, astronomy and engineering.
The Earth and Planetary Sciences Undergraduate Program consists of five alternative tracks, defined by discipline. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) track in Geology and Natural Resources is designed for students aiming for a general overview of the Earth sciences. The B.A. track is more lenient on prerequisites (mathematics in particular) and total number of courses, and is particularly appropriate for students pursuing a double major or seeking a career in law, business, government, or environmental fields. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the Earth sciences. It has prerequisites in math, chemistry, and physics or biology, and requires about 10 courses beyond those prerequisites, plus a senior project. Details vary among the four tracks, which are named: (1) atmosphere, ocean, and climate, (2) environmental and energy geoscience, (3) paleontology and geobiology, and (4) solid Earth sciences.