Dual Title Degree Requirements

Dual Title Degree Requirements

To obtain the dual-title Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry, students must satisfy the requirements of the major graduate program in which they are enrolled. In addition, the dual-title student must:

  • be advised by two faculty in separate disciplines;
  • pass one candidacy examination that includes an assessment of their potential in the field of biogeochemistry;
  • take 15 credits of courses from theĀ Biogeochemistry Curriculum Table
  • pass a comprehensive examination that integrates content from the field of Biogeochemistry;
  • complete and present a Ph.D. dissertation that contributes fundamentally to the field of Biogeochemistry.

All students will be supervised by two faculty advisors from separate disciplines: one individual serving as a primary advisor in their major degree program (i.e., Geosciences, Soil Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Material Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Engineering or Plant Pathology) and a secondary advisor in an area within a field covered by the dual-title program and a member of the Biogeochemistry faculty. The major program advisor normally will also be a member of the Biogeochemistry faculty. The two faculty advisors can represent different academic programs, although this is not required, as faculty from a scientifically diverse department can represent very different areas of expertise.

To fulfill the course requirements for the dual-title in Biogeochemistry, students must complete a total of 15 graduate credits chosen in consultation with their advisors from an approved list of courses in six categories:

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Soil Science and Materials Science and Engineering
  • Water Reactions and Transport
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions and Plant Systems
  • Research Tools

Credits must be chosen from at least three categories, with no more than six credits taken from one category.

The two-credit course Topics in Biogeochemistry (co-listed as GEOSC/SOILS/CE 536 is highly recommended for all Biogeochemistry students, and the credits from this course can be applied to any of the six categories.

A public oral presentation of the dissertation is required, which may be part of the final defense within the major degree program.