Earth Science

A program customized to individual student interests, strengths, and academic background, each student's course of study in Rice University's Department of Earth Science is flexible, developed in consultation with an advisory committee and the department Graduate Committee. A cross-disciplinary program with departments in Rice's Brown School of Engineering is available for graduate students wishing to emphasize computational research in the earth sciences. Students here enjoy state-of-the-art facilities including classrooms, offices, research equipment such as the ICP-MS and the Malvern particle analyzer, and extensive computing technology, labs, and workstations.

For more information, please visit the Department of Earth Science website. Also download the graduate program handbook.

Areas of Research

  • Geofluids and Mechanics of Porous Media
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Geodynamics
  • Low Temperature and Environmental Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Surface Processes
  • Atmosphere Studies
  • Paleo-Climate-Oceanography and Environments
  • Cryosphere Studies
  • Natural Hazards
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Volcanology, Petrology and High Temperature Geochemistry
  • Structure, Tectonics and Paleomagnetism
  • Seismology and Earthquake Physics
  • 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