Biogeochemistry is an interdisciplinary field that fuses biology, geosciences, and chemistry to better understand processes in nature. Penn State's Dual-Title graduate program allows graduate students to receive a dual-title degree. Students electing this degree program through participating programs earn a degree with a dual title in the Ph.D., e.g., Ph.D. in (graduate program name) and Biogeochemistry.
The following graduate programs offer dual degrees in Biogeochemistry: Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Ecology; Environmental Engineering; Geosciences; Materials Science and Engineering; Plant Pathology; and Soil Science.
The program involves an active and engaging graduate student community, mandatory co-advising, cross-disciplinary course work, and opportunities for additional stipend and tuition support beyond that of a student’s home department or program. Annual events offer an opportunity to exchange ideas with biogeochemists on and off campus, including the student-organized Environmental Chemistry Student Symposium and annual mini-conferences and field trips.
The program is administered by the Department of Geosciences for the participating graduate programs, with support from the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI), and The Graduate School.