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Ph.D. in Earth and Energy Sciences

Ph.D in Earth and Energy Sciences at UL LafayetteThe interdisciplinary PhD in Earth and Energy Sciences prepares students to embrace a multidisciplinary understanding of issues central to meeting the energy and environmental challenges of today and tomorrow. The four integrated disciplines that contribute to the program include chemistry, environmental science, geology, and physics.

Doctoral students in the earth and energy sciences program acquire a broad understanding of all four fields of study and pursue at least one specialization to a deeper level through research. The multi-disciplinary awareness and research experience prepares our graduates for newly emerging jobs in industry, academia careers in teaching and research, and careers in consulting.

The program combines the expertise of 36 faculty members and the facilities and research laboratories from across campus to support doctoral students and their research. As you progress through the program, you’ll have opportunities to design and conduct research, present your preliminary and final findings, and submit manuscripts for publication in renowned journals. We also encourage all of our doctoral students, even those supported by research grants, to gain teaching experience while earning the doctoral degree.

Requirements & Coursework

PhD students in the doctoral earth and energy sciences program complete at least 72 graduate credit hours, including required core courses, specialized courses, seminar courses, and dissertation research.
Download the curriculum for the PhD in Earth and Energy Sciences.

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Apply to the PhD in Earth and Energy Sciences program.

In addition to the general Graduate School application materials, you must also provide:

  • A personal statement of interest in the program, emphasizing previous research experience (if applicable)
  • Evidence of a B.S. in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, or a related field of study
  • Official GRE scores

See all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: October 1


The Graduate Advisory Committee is composed of the graduate coordinators from each of the three participating academic departments in the Earth and Energy Sciences doctoral program.

Contact one of our graduate coordinators for more information:

Coordinator for the Earth and Energy Sciences Program

Dr. Gabriela Petculescu
Phone: (337) 482-6698
Broussard Hall, Room 208

Graduate Coordinator for Chemistry

Dr. August Gallo
Phone: (337) 482-6734
Montgomery Hall, Room 137

Graduate Coordinator for the School of Geosciences

Dr. Brian Schubert
Phone: (337) 482-6967
Hamilton Hall, Room 315

Graduate Coordinator for Physics

Dr. Gabriela Petculescu
Phone: (337) 482-6698
Broussard Hall, Room 208