The graduate division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences currently offers a Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and a Masters degree program in Climate & Society. We are also seeking to expand existing cooperative programs with Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and continue to develop our relationship with the Columbia Earth Institute, an umbrella construct whose chief mission is to facilitate interactions among the numerous University centers and departments that share an interest in sustainability and the the wise stewardship of the planet.
NOTE: Due to the current weakness in the job market for environmental journalists, Columbia's dual degree program in Earth & Environmental Science Journalism will not be accepting new students for the foreseeable future.
The undergraduate major in earth and environmental sciences provides an understanding of the natural functioning of our planet and considers the consequences of human interactions with it. The program for majors aims to convey an understanding of how the complex earth system works at a level that will encourage students to think creatively about earth system processes and how to address multidisciplinary environmental problems. The breadth of material covered provides an excellent background for those planning to enter the professions of law, business, diplomacy, public policy, teaching, journalism, etc. At the same time, the program provides sufficient depth so that graduates will be prepared for graduate school in the earth sciences. The program can be adjusted to accommodate students with particular career goals in mind.
The department of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate courses through Columbia College, the School of General Studies, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In addition, there are many courses offered through other departments and schools of the university that may be of interest to students enrolled in Earth & Environmental Sciences.