Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Rice Earth Science offers an unusual combination of quality, resources, opportunity and cultural richness to its graduate students. The department offers two graduate thesis programs, a MS and a PhD degree. Each program is customized to the individual student’s interests, strengths and academic background. The focus in on providing the intellectual and physical environment that will enable students to generate original groundbreaking research, presentations, and publication in professional journals.

For more information, please visit the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences website.

Areas of Research

  • Atmosphere Studies
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Climate System Science
  • Cryosphere Studies
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Geodynamics
  • Geofluids and Mechanics of Porous Media
  • Low Temperature and Environmental Geochemistry
  • Natural Hazards
  • Paleo-climate, Oceanograpy and Environments
  • Planetary Sciences
  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Surface Processes
  • Seismology and Earthquake Physics
  • Structure, Tectonics and Paleomagnetism
  • Volcanology, Petrology and High Temperature Geochemistry
  • Whole Earth Systems


Degrees Offered

Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy 
Professional Master's Degree with emphasis on Subsurface Geoscience or Environmental Analysis and Decision Making

The department provides generous graduate fellowships and support for student research, travel, and equipment in the form of full tuition waivers and cost-of-living stipends. All graduate students must complete one semester as a teaching assistant during their graduate work, but they can do more if there is personal interest or by individual faculty request.


The Department of Earth Science Contact Information

Professor Cin-Ty Lee, Chair
Room 110 Keith Wiess Geological Laboratories
Phone: 713-348-4880
Fax: 713-348-5214