Department of Geosciences College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Geosciences College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University

For more than 30 years the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York has forged a path to greater understanding of the Earth's natural processes. Although small, the department has the resources of a large research university and facilitates internationally-recognized research.

The department occupies a modern facility that includes state-of-the-art equipment, experimental and analytical labs, faculty and graduate student offices, computers and workstations, and a machine shop.

Graduate Programs in the Geosciences at Stony Brook University

The Department of Geosciences offers graduate students a well-rounded academic experience. It provides interdisciplinary, collaborative research opportunities, comprehensive coursework, and strong mentoring relationships amongst faculty and students. Students also participate in departmental functions such as serving on committees, hosting visiting students, and obtaining research grants.

Master of Science in Geosciences with a Concentration in Hydrogeology

Stony Brook University offers a Master of Science program with a concentration in hydrogeology that does not require students to complete a thesis. The program provides individuals with Bachelor of Science degrees in the physical sciences with a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the physical and geochemical aspects of hydrogeology.

Because the program was designed to accommodate working professionals, it is offered on a part-time basis and most of its classes are taught in the evenings.

Curriculum for the M. S. in Hydrogeology Program

The curriculum for the M.S. program in hydrogeology contains 30 credits of courses, including 2 short-term research projects. Courses include groundwater hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, rock and soil physics, statistics and probability, and organic contaminant hydrology.

Students work with faculty supervisors to complete research projects that help them gain experience with field, laboratory, or theoretical approaches.

Non-terminal M.S. in Geosciences Degree

The Master of Science in Geosciences at Stony Brook University is a non-terminal degree that some students earn before pursuing candidacy into the Ph.D. program.

Students complete 30 credits of coursework including an M.S. thesis. They defend their theses during short public presentations and take examinations that usually cover their thesis topics.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences

Course requirements for the Ph.D. in Geosciences are flexible and are based on students' particular needs. The program includes a diverse array of areas including seismology, tectonics, mineral physics, rock physics, crystal chemistry, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, and sedimentary geology.

In the first 2 years of the program, students typically take 1 to 3 courses per semester and must spend at least 2 consecutive semesters in residence. Students also participate in seminars and colloquia. Moreover, every student must conduct 2 research projects (1 of which can be an M.S. thesis), complete a teaching practicum, and write and defend a dissertation.

Top Notch Facilities for Student Research

Students work closely with faculty members to conduct experimental and multi-faceted research in the geosciences. Because the geosciences foster natural links with other sciences including chemistry, physics, environmental science, materials science, engineering, biology, and health sciences, students may also conduct research that is interdisciplinary in nature.

Stony Brook University's partnerships with research institutions such as the Center for Environmental Molecular Science, Mineral Physics Institute, and Brookhaven National Laboratory provide additional support and laboratory facilities that help students conduct impressive research. In particular, the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven offers both faculty and graduate students opportunities to perform unique experiments using high-intensity X-rays.

Exciting Faculty Contributions to the Geosciences

Through their research and teaching endeavors, the geosciences faculty makes valuable contributions to this growing branch of science. For example, professor Artem Oganov and fellow researchers discovered a phase of the element sodium that becomes transparent under high pressure.

Distinguished professor John Parise, Ph.D., a talented mineralogist and solid state chemist, has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. He also received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009.

Additionally, fellow faculty member, assistant professor Tim Glotch, Ph.D., has expertise in planetary geology, remote sensing, and Martian surface mineralogy. He and his colleagues recently discovered a new type of rock on the moon's surface.

Departmental Research Groups

The Department of Geosciences includes several faculty-led research groups. For instance, Martin Schoonen's research group studies the role of minerals in facilitating chemical reactions. Richard Reeder's geochemistry research group "focuses on the molecular-scale behavior of chemical contaminants in the near-surface environment."In addition, Bill Holt leads the Geodynamics Group, which is working on kinematic and dynamic approaches as they relate to the state of lithospheric stress on Earth and Mars.

Financial Assistance at Stony Brook University

The Department of Geosciences provides academic-year and summer support to all full-time M.S. and Ph.D. students (except for those in the M.S. in Hydrogeology and M.A. in Teaching Earth Science programs). Students receive full-tuition waivers as well as research or teaching assistantships that include a generous annual stipend.

About Stony Brook University

Established in 1957, Stony Brook University is located in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island's north shore in the northeastern region of the United States.

A member of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook offers nearly 25,000 students 66 undergraduate majors, 102 master's programs, and 40 doctoral programs.

It provides a full-range of resources including academic, career, commuter, counseling, health care, childcare, dining, and housing services as well as recreational, athletic, wellness, and cultural programs.

A Great Place to Study, Work, and Live

Sought after for its first-rate academic and research programs, Stony Brook University is situated within a wooded countryside on the border of suburban and rural Long Island -- just 60 miles from Manhattan in New York City.

This ideal locale enables students to enjoy the best of rural, suburban, and urban living.

The beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, miles of state and national parks, the abundance of cultural, dining, entertainment, and shopping venues, and the exciting and socially-diverse New York City itself all offer students infinite hours of recreation and cultural enrichment.

Location & Contact

Department of Geosciences

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Daniel Davis


Phone: 631-632-8217
Fax: 631-632-8240

Yvonne Barbour


Phone: 631-632-8554
Fax: 631-632-8240

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Geosciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Earth Science Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 14
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


33% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 55
    • Accepted 18
    • Acceptance Rate 33
    • Enrolled 9
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students48
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students48
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown17%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage89%
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAstronomy, theoretical and observational astrophysics, paleontology, petrology, crystallography
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$3,632,277