Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer

In recent decades, the Earth Sciences have undergone major changes, stimulated in part by the reinterpretation of Earth history and processes occurring within both modern and ancient environments.  The past 15 years have been exciting, as new understanding of the interconnectedness among air, water, and solid Earth has come into sharper focus. We address key topics ranging from the biogeochemistry of local waterways to the evolution of our planet.

 

Announcement: The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department is seeking graduate student applications. We have a rich geology, environmental science, and astrobiology program, as well as data science and geoinformatics. Applications submitted after the RPI deadline will still be considered - Follow this link to apply:  https://admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/masters-and-phd-applicants

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    Ph.D. in Geology

    Conduct independent geoscience research with accomplished faculty to unveil exciting new findings in Earth Science.

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    M.S. in Geology

    Learn analytical problem-solving skills using cutting-edge research approaches and technologies.

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    B.S. in Environmental Science

    Use an interdisciplinary approach to address environmental challenges in a changing world.

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    B.S. in Geology

    Learn about the interconnectedness and changing of Earth systems through time using state-of-the-art techniques.

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    B.S. in Hydrogeology

    Understand the natural and human-designed interplay between water, soil, and rocks at the Earth’s surface.

Announcements

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department is seeking graduate student applications. We have a rich geology, environmental science, and astrobiology program, as well as data science and geoinformatics. Applications submitted after the RPI deadline will still be considered - Follow this link to apply:  https://admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/masters-and-phd-applicants

News

Any student who applies to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022 will be able to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores.

An unexpected finding published today in Nature Communications challenges a long-held assumption about the origins of oceanic "black carbon," and introduces a tantalizing new mystery: If oceanic black carbon is significantly different from the black carbon found in rivers, where did it come from?

During the 213th Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological university, the Honorable John P. Holdren urged the Class of 2019 to become emissaries “on the relevance of science and technology to the biggest issues affecting human well‐being.”

Rensselaer is part of NASA’s new Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3) Consortium,one of five cross-divisional research coordination networks with the NASA Astrobiology Program. The PCE3 aims to identify planetary conditions that might give rise to life’s chemistry. 

NASA’s Astrobiology Program has awarded a $9 million grant to Earth First Origins project, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Assistant Professor Karyn Rogers, to uncover the conditions on early Earth that gave rise to life by identifying, replicating, and exploring how prebiotic molecules and chemical pathways could have formed under realistic early Earth conditions.

Contact Information

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, 1W19
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180