Our Programs and Curriculum
Undergraduate Major & Minor
The academic program covers traditional geologic topics and the latest advances in earth science. Courses may include theory, descriptive studies, data analysis, computer modeling, laboratory exercises, and field training. The minor offers students in any major outside the department a flexible path to improved knowledge of earth and planetary sciences.
PhD Graduate Program
We welcome students with backgrounds that span the range of STEM disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, and mathematics, in addition to those whose undergraduate preparation was in geology or earth sciences. The department is recognized for a supportive and collaborative atmosphere where research and teaching are pursued at the forefront of earth and planetary sciences.
Our Research and Facilities
Research AreasExternally funded projects within the department span a wide range of research areas. Many of these projects are collaborative both within and outside the department, with notable ties to Argonne National Labs, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), the Field Museum, and the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Research FacilitiesNorthwestern University invested significant resources in the renovation of a lab facility for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The result, the Integrated Laboratories for Earth and Planetary Sciences, occupies over 5,000 square feet of space and is designed to foster interdisciplinary research.
2020 Nemmers Prize
Professor Kate Freeman
Earth and Planetary Sciences awards our second Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences to Professor Kate Freeman "[f]or her pioneering and continued contributions to development of the field of compound-specific stable isotope geochemistry and its application to fundamental problems in Earth Science."
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News and Events
Meet Professor Katherine Freeman, the 2020 Nemmers Prize recipient and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences spring seminar series presenter on isotopologues
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Evanston
The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department's Nemmers Seminar Series (fondly titled "Nemminars") features Dr. Elle Chimiak from Univers...
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM, Evanston
This event is made possibly by the Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences, which recognizes achievement and work of lasting significance in th...