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September 30, 2010

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Earth Sciences

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Arizona State U.
Geological Sciences
29 77 14 61 38 94 82 116 36 66
Bingham-
tonton U. (SUNY)

Geological Sciences
121 136 105 134 114 137 60 103 95 124
Boston U.
Earth Sciences
19 58 15 65 10 98 7 32 62 101
Brown U.
Geological Sciences
23 67 18 70 24 84 34 76 17 41
California Institute of Technology
Environmental Science and Engineering
1 3 1 4 15 82 6 30 6 22
California Institute of Technology
Geochemistry
7 33 5 27 7 98 51 103 10 48
California Institute of Technology
Geology
6 26 4 22 9 111 81 121 1 3
California Institute of Technology
Geophysics
3 18 2 20 20 92 33 75 3 10
California Institute of Technology
Planetary Science
6 26 5 28 8 86 113 130 2 5
City U. of New York Graduate Center
Earth and Environmental Sciences
106 131 103 137 115 130 9 29 85 124
Colorado State U.
Earth Sciences
111 132 103 134 92 124 60 103 96 131
Columbia U.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
1 10 2 18 38 97 16 46 1 4
Cornell U.
Geological Sciences
35 83 27 73 91 121 38 77 39 69
Dartmouth College
Earth Sciences
49 95 46 108 24 98 41 78 31 63
Duke U.
Environment
21 48 38 87 8 51 7 28 15 32
Duke U.
Earth and Ocean Sciences
29 83 28 94 8 98 77 114 38 75
Florida Inter-
national U.

Earth Sciences
66 105 61 117 23 96 2 13 58 113
Georgia Institute of Technology
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
15 48 8 46 63 112 15 41 28 65
Harvard U.
Earth & Planetary Sciences
2 10 4 24 34 93 51 95 2 5
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Environmental Science
63 109 73 129 7 67 11 31 91 126
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Geological Sciences
33 78 53 115 6 60 26 54 39 78
Iowa State U.
Environmental Science
77 120 67 124 18 95 38 79 87 124
Iowa State U.
Soil Science
73 113 36 87 119 132 75 106 14 42
Johns Hopkins U.
Earth And Planetary Sciences
43 87 38 94 62 110 90 124 34 63
Kent State U. Main Campus
Applied Geology
129 140 114 139 62 127 89 124 135 140
Lehigh U.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
47 103 35 93 34 111 105 127 56 124
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Geology
64 114 43 115 44 114 6 25 78 120
Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Geology and Geochemistry and Geophysics
10 35 6 35 27 87 101 125 7 25
Miami U. (Ohio)
Geology
57 114 44 115 15 105 30 70 102 131
Michigan State U.
Geological Sciences
46 100 81 130 2 30 28 67 27 86
Michigan Technological U.
Geology
118 137 106 137 102 135 1 8 123 138
Montana State U. at Bozeman
Land Resources
57 114 43 116 7 102 61 105 81 131
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Environmental Science
39 97 38 111 15 76 1 10 127 138
North Carolina State U.
Soil Science
96 132 71 131 114 132 35 71 89 126
Northern Illinois U.
Geology
103 131 106 137 14 86 57 101 111 130
North-
western U.

Earth And Planetary Sciences
36 81 31 83 14 77 25 55 36 75
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Environmental Science
91 123 70 126 90 120 13 38 117 136
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Geodetic Science and Surveying
89 125 74 129 119 136 61 104 77 122
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Geological Sciences
74 117 57 119 36 118 70 104 68 113
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Soil Science
74 115 44 97 21 101 45 89 84 133
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Environmental Sciences
118 137 117 139 117 130 89 117 115 133
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Soil Science
110 131 130 140 57 99 107 126 129 138
Oregon Health and Science U.
Environmental Science and Engineering
20 72 23 87 4 82 10 36 32 75
Oregon State U.
Soil Science
32 80 43 104 21 105 6 27 59 100
Oregon State U.
Geology
34 87 27 94 4 77 115 129 25 55
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Geosciences
9 31 11 43 30 86 67 107 7 20
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Soil Science
32 89 59 118 6 52 1 4 33 127
Princeton U.
Geosciences
4 20 3 22 6 53 11 31 14 35
Purdue U. Main Campus
Agronomy- Soils
11 39 29 94 2 24 6 22 15 58
Purdue U. Main Campus
Earth Science
45 97 51 116 11 78 72 106 31 66
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Geology
13 46 13 45 15 96 3 25 15 74
Rice U.
Earth Science
22 70 21 77 14 86 74 107 55 92
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Environmental Sciences
36 87 28 84 71 113 22 49 50 90
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Geological Sciences
72 111 47 101 66 113 77 116 45 75
Stanford U.
Geological and Environmental Sciences
3 16 4 27 28 86 47 94 4 12
Stanford U.
Geophysics
5 25 7 33 80 117 33 63 7 21
State U. of New York at Albany
Geology
63 116 49 122 4 44 139 140 69 112
State U. of New York at Stony Brook
Geosciences
24 68 11 52 63 109 66 104 48 79
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Geology
39 100 30 100 30 116 27 63 78 121
Texas A&M U.
Geology & Geophysics
131 140 103 135 132 139 27 55 24 97
Texas A&M U.
Soil Science
116 138 73 130 91 126 99 124 129 139
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Geological Sciences
60 108 50 123 89 125 26 56 59 96
U. of Alabama
Geology
85 124 87 134 5 59 79 114 99 128
U. of Alaska at Fairbanks
Geology
90 124 61 122 109 128 22 55 76 122
U. of Alaska at Fairbanks
Geophysics
58 112 27 91 117 138 60 104 47 103
U. of Arizona
Geosciences
7 33 11 50 17 71 60 99 8 21
U. of Arizona
Hydrology
11 40 24 77 6 52 74 110 27 67
U. of Arizona
Soil Water & Environmental Science
49 100 50 111 114 134 8 28 17 49
U. of Arkansas Main Campus
Environmental Dynamics
51 96 101 137 1 3 97 123 45 91
U. of California at Berkeley
Earth and Planetary Science
1 4 1 9 27 86 30 65 4 15
U. of California at Davis
Geology
46 95 38 104 28 94 15 43 52 85
U. of California at Irvine
Earth System Science
2 15 1 10 21 90 23 53 12 34
U. of California at Los Angeles
Geology
9 36 3 23 67 110 111 133 9 29
U. of California at Los Angeles
Geophysics
5 21 3 20 35 112 92 121 12 37
U. of California at Riverside
Geological Sciences
53 99 60 118 12 73 102 124 40 76
U. of California at Riverside
Soil & Water Sciences
23 73 20 69 22 101 6 28 51 106
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Geological Sciences
36 80 33 85 16 72 70 111 24 47
U. of California at Santa Cruz
Earth Sciences
7 30 7 35 4 32 30 73 19 43
U. of Chicago
Geophysical Sciences
15 46 19 62 15 74 69 112 5 16
U. of Cincinnati Main Campus
Geology
92 120 89 128 5 37 97 127 84 115
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Geology
13 44 14 57 9 52 34 74 40 66
U. of Delaware
Climatology
82 121 35 96 119 136 45 95 66 107
U. of Delaware
Geology
120 137 122 139 63 124 124 133 86 122
U. of Florida
Geology
20 60 24 72 2 26 29 68 37 76
U. of Florida
Soil and Water Science
23 68 32 94 2 23 9 31 84 121
U. of Georgia
Geology
99 124 124 138 18 100 66 100 13 35
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Geology and Geophysics
69 116 39 106 65 115 55 93 72 110
U. of Houston main campus
Geology
109 133 67 124 135 139 45 80 88 124
U. of Houston main campus
Geophysics
114 135 96 134 84 119 71 114 126 138
U. of Idaho
Geology
65 115 64 126 26 105 45 105 57 122
U. of Illinois at Chicago
Earth & Environmental Sciences
11 44 8 42 8 87 99 125 76 118
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Geology
18 52 24 72 13 77 51 93 22 48
U. of Iowa
Geoscience
56 103 57 116 23 83 33 71 34 66
U. of Kansas
Geology
69 110 68 126 69 112 43 77 71 109
U. of Kentucky
Geology
82 123 85 135 34 106 135 138 62 110
U. of Kentucky
Soil Science
94 130 73 131 46 119 75 113 127 138
U. of Maryland at College Park
Geology
12 40 10 40 16 93 4 23 13 46
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Geosciences
67 108 44 100 105 132 43 83 35 74
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Geology
11 39 12 47 36 94 48 85 9 25
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Geology
27 69 20 59 55 108 38 75 16 40
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Geophysics
5 29 2 22 2 76 39 98 17 57
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Soil Science
42 104 51 118 3 125 7 27 69 128
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Geology
35 92 48 123 1 20 47 87 95 127
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences
34 93 44 120 4 52 128 136 74 115
U. of Missouri at Kansas City
Geosciences
138 140 134 140 110 136 109 131 128 138
U. of Missouri at Rolla
Geological Engineering
132 140 134 140 26 111 126 135 139 140
U. of Missouri at Rolla
Geology & Geophysics
112 136 71 126 119 138 2 11 120 136
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Geosciences
83 121 64 121 40 102 109 129 77 116
U. of Nevada at Reno
Environmental Science & Health (Environmental Toxicology & Health)
128 138 128 139 112 134 74 122 66 113
U. of Nevada at Reno
Geo-Engineering
121 138 84 133 139 140 131 138 94 130
U. of Nevada at Reno
Geology
103 131 75 129 132 137 125 134 66 105
U. of Nevada at Reno
Hydrogeology
99 137 62 126 123 140 133 138 47 119
U. of Nevada at Reno
Hydrology
83 122 60 123 96 125 128 135 87 123
U. of New Hampshire
Earth and Environmental Sciences
23 68 7 43 129 137 73 112 48 88
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Earth And Planetary Sciences
41 94 39 105 27 97 35 74 61 99
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Geological Sciences
97 128 64 122 39 113 138 140 60 115
U. of North Texas
Environmental Science
119 137 110 138 107 133 11 36 114 132
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Geology
62 115 56 123 33 111 98 125 54 94
U. of Oregon
Geological Sciences
28 73 22 76 32 98 22 52 74 110
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Earth and Environmental Science
44 101 79 132 2 30 54 109 83 121
U. of Rhode Island
Earth Sciences
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U. of Rochester
Geological Sciences
31 89 12 57 29 111 38 77 86 126
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Geology
38 87 35 100 7 44 34 67 73 111
U. of Southern California
Geological (Earth) Sciences
29 74 28 77 14 76 54 96 24 52
U. of Tennessee
Earth And Planetary Sciences
48 93 49 102 13 87 63 109 30 66
U. of Texas at Austin
Geological Sciences
57 102 52 116 73 110 98 123 25 65
U. of Texas at Dallas
Geosciences
85 125 37 101 111 128 88 122 111 137
U. of Utah
Geology and Geophysics
73 111 96 132 10 86 91 121 46 82
U. of Virginia
Environmental Sciences
28 74 19 64 96 123 44 87 19 45
U. of Washing-
ton

Geological Sciences
22 66 24 82 14 84 41 92 16 42
U. of Washing-
ton

Geophysics
35 90 25 80 66 107 111 131 20 44
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Geology
18 59 13 53 23 91 30 72 28 59
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Land Resources
49 99 53 117 85 115 18 49 20 55
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Soil Science
35 89 31 101 10 62 2 14 59 114
Virginia Tech
Geosciences
40 87 43 101 21 81 71 110 36 69
Washing-
ton State U.

Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences
73 116 78 132 90 118 26 64 85 129
Washing-
ton State U.

Geology
49 106 43 115 18 98 135 138 92 130
Washing-
ton State U.

Soil Sciences
18 61 47 115 3 64 2 16 56 98
Washing-
ton U. in St. Louis

Earth And Planetary Sciences
60 109 62 122 32 93 20 57 62 99
Western Michigan U.
Hydrogeology
114 135 104 136 42 118 123 133 82 121
Yale U.
Geology & Geophysics
17 49 11 40 27 83 121 133 6 16
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.