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Earth and Planetary Sciences

Our Programs and Curriculum

Nemmers Seminar Series

Nemmers Seminar Series

Spring quarter seminars were designed in collaboration with our Nemmers Prize 2020 recipient Prof. Freeman. They were made possible by the Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences, which recognizes achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of earth sciences.
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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.

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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.

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Our Research and Facilities


Research Areas

Externally 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.
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Research Facilities

Northwestern 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.
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2020 Nemmers Prize


Professor Kate Freeman

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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Our Highlights


Featuring Elvira Mulyukova

Elvira Mulyukova
Meet our Newest Assistant Professor Elvira Mulyukova

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Featuring Dan Horton

Dan Horton
Assistant Professor Daniel Horton Referenced in National Geographic


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News and Events


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