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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

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The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers the Ph.D. and the M.S. in geological sciences or marine science; the Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management (MEERM) degree; and dual MEERM and Juris Doctor degrees in collaboration with the USC School of Law. The latter is a streamlined program for students seeking both the master’s and law degree.

Earth and Environment Resource Management

The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers a Master of Earth & Environmental Resources Management (MEERM) degree, as well as dual MEERM & Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees through a cooperative affiliation with the School of Law. 

Our Degrees


Geological Sciences

We offer Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences. Financial support is available to a number of students each year in the form of instructional (IA) and research (RA) assistantships, the Stephen F. Taber Fellowship, as well as external and university-wide fellowships.

Our Degrees

Marine Sciences

We offer Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Marine Science through the Marine Science program. The Marine Science graduate program is designed to train scientists for careers in research, teaching and scientific leadership in fields pertaining to Earth’s oceans.

Our Degrees


Accelerated Master's Degree

This program offers exceptional students the opportunity to earn a graduate degree while still an undergraduate. You may apply for this program during the spring of your junior year, or in the semester in which you reach 90 undergraduate credit hours. 

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