Our scholars are trained in the interdisciplinary science of biogeochemistry and learn state-of-the-art analytical skills. Scholars enter the program through one of seven departments or programs for a comprehensive and interdisciplinary educational experience.
The Biogeochemistry Dual-Title Graduate Program continues the previous 8-year tradition of integrative graduate education in biogeochemistry funded by the National Science Foundation IGERT Biogeochemical Research Initiative for Education (BRIE).
Biogeochemistry students complete the requirements for their major graduate program and, in addition, 15 specific credits.
The program involves an active and engaging graduate student community, mandatory co-advising, cross-disciplinary coursework, and opportunities for additional stipend and tuition support beyond that of a student’s home department or program. Annual events offer an opportunity to exchange ideas with biogeochemists on and off campus, including the student-organized Environmental Chemistry Student Symposium and annual mini-conferences and field trips.
The program is administered by the Geosciences Department for the participating graduate programs, with support from the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI), and The Graduate School.
Many of our students participate or help organize the annual Environmental Chemistry Student Symposium (ECSS). The event is organized and run by Penn State students with support from the Center for Environmental geoChemistry and Genomics. Students from multiple disciplines present their work to the environmental community of Penn State and regional educational institutions. The goal is to foster interactions among graduate and undergraduate scientists and engineers engaged in environmentally relevant research.