The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
is part of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
The academic life of graduate students is to a large
degree guided by the rules of the Graduate School, the
administrative unit for all graduate programs at Northwestern.
Each department has its own supplementary rules concerning
the fulfillment of the requirements for the graduate
degrees. The departmental faculty engage in a continuous
effort to revise and develop the academic guidelines,
taking into account the experience and constructive
input from students, faculty and staff alike.
On our website you will find information specifically
related to our department, such as an explanation of
the students' paths through the graduate curricula,
possibilities of financial support, lists of the faculty
research fields, and of courses offered in the department.
Additional important information on the University level
with which graduate students should be familiar can
be found in the following links and publications:
- Student Services - links to a guide to The Graduate School's requirements, from registration through graduation.
- Graduate School General Degree Requirements
- Worksheet for Ph.D. Degree Requirements
- The Northwestern University Student Handbook - details Northwestern University rules governing student behavior.
and Submission of the Dissertation - a guide to
the logistics of defense, and to the official typesetting
format of theses (available from the Graduate School, in the Rebecca Crown Center).
- Policy and Course Catalog
A publication of general interest is a
booklet entitled Northwestern Facts available from University
Relations (1810 Hinman Avenue) and sometimes from other
offices. Also useful is the annual Annual Report of
our department, available in the department office,
and the departmental website.
With ample advice available to assist
students in planning their academic and research programs,
it is the responsibility of the student to know the
University and department rules and to be able to meet
all the requirements