Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is the educational arm of Columbia University in the fields of earth and environmental science. Its staff and facilities overlap with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the university's research arm in those fields.
The Department and LDEO work together to understand how planet Earth works, in all of its physical manifestations. We are scientifically renowned throughout the world for our problem-solving innovation, our unique geological and climatological archives, and the outstanding achievement of our graduates. Our scientists observe the Earth on a global scale, from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of the atmosphere, on every continent and every ocean. We decipher the long record of the past, monitor the present, and seek to foresee the future of the planet. From global climate change to earthquakes, volcanoes, nonrenewable resources, environmental hazards and beyond, our fundamental challenge is to seek to provide an adequate and rational basis for the difficult choices faced by civilization in its stewardship of our fragile planet.
The Department has facilities in Schermerhorn Hall on Columbia's main campus in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, and on LDEO's campus, located about 20 miles north of Morningside in Palisades, NY. The Schermerhorn facilities mainly support the undergraduate program. The LDEO facilities mainly support the graduate program and research activities. The University provides regular shuttle bus service between the Morningside and LDEO campuses.
The Department offers undergraduate majors and concentrations in both Earth Science and Environmental Science, as well a a selection of elective courses that fulfill Columbia College's science distribution requirement.
The Ph.D. program offers degrees in a wide variety of specialties, including aqueous geochemistry, atmospheric science, climate science, ecophysiology, geology, marine geology and geophysics, paleoclimate, paleontology, physical oceanography, seismology and solid earth geophysics, and solid earth geochemistry. The atmospheric science program is conducted in partnership with NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Science and with Columbia's Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. The paleontology program is conducted in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History. Admissions to the Ph.D. program are on a competitive basis, with virtually all students receiving full financial support. Students typically take 5 to 6 years to complete the program. In partnership with Columbia's School of Journalism, the Department sponsors a two-year Master's program in Earth and Environmental Sciences.