Larry D. McKay, Head
Edmund Perfect, Director of Graduate Studies
Broadhead, T.A. (Director, UT Undergraduate Academic Advancement), PhD – Iowa
Dunne, W.M. (Associate Dean), PhD – Bristol (UK)
Fedo, C.M. (Carden Professor), PhD – Virginia Tech
Hatcher, Jr., R.D. (UT Distinguished Scientist), PhD – Tennessee
Hazen, T. (Governor’s Chair), PhD – Wake Forest
Kah, L.C. (Walker Professor), PhD – Harvard
McKay, L.D. (Jones Professor), PhD – Waterloo
McKinney, M.L., PhD – Yale
McSween, H.Y. (Distinguished Professor of Science), PhD – Harvard
Moersch, J.E., PhD – Cornell
Perfect, E., PhD – Cornell
Taylor, L.A. (Distinguished Professor of Science), PhD – Lehigh
Engel, A.S. (Jones Professor), PhD – Texas
Jessup, M.J., PhD – Virginia Tech
Emery, J.P., PhD – Arizona
Sumrall, C.D., PhD – Texas
Szynkiewicz, A.A., PhD – Wroclaw
Deane, W., MS – Tennessee
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers both the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in geology. Individuals interested in these programs should contact the Director of Graduate Admissions in the department and the faculty most closely related to the applicant’s research interests for information and application procedures.
For admission, an applicant must provide transcripts of previous university work, two rating forms or letters of recommendation, and GRE scores (general). Students are not normally admitted under non-degree status.
Prerequisite for either graduate degree is a bachelor’s degree in the geosciences or other field typically, but not exclusively, from the physical, natural, or life sciences or engineering. Upon admission each student is assigned an Advising Committee of three faculty members, which forms the initial point of contact for the student and which designs a curriculum of required course work for the student. After a student’s research proposal is accepted, the Advising Committee is dissolved and a Thesis/Dissertation Committee is formed. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee is primarily responsible for advising the student’s research activities, but also can modify the course curriculum based on the student’s area of research.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS)
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences participates in the interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science (IGMCS) program. Any student pursuing a master’s or PhD with a major in geology can receive a minor in computational science by completing the appropriate IGMCS requirements. For additional information, see the description of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science listed under the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or visit the IGMCS website at http://igmcs.utk.edu/. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences also contributes courses to the IGMCS program curriculum.
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences participates in the interdisciplinary Watershed Minor for graduate students. Any student pursuing a master’s or PhD with a major in geology, who completes the appropriate requirements, can receive a Watershed minor. For additional information, see the description of the Interdisciplinary Watershed Graduate Minor on the website at https://ag.tennessee.edu/watershedminor/Pages/default.aspx. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences also contributes courses to the Watershed program curriculum.