MS in environmental sciences & policy, paleoenvironmental sciences emphasis

Paleoenvironmental scientists investigate the recent geological past to learn about natural and human-caused environmental, vegetation, and climatic changes. In this interdisciplinary curricular track, you’ll develop broad competence in earth and environmental sciences, while specializing in an analytical technique used to reconstruct long-term environmental variability.


The emphasis in Paleoenvironmental Sciences requires students to take 37 credit hours, including 3 thesis hours incorporating original field or laboratory research, and present a public defense of the thesis.  Students take a set of courses designed in consultation with their thesis committees.

How to apply

To apply to the Environmental Sciences & Policy MS degree with an emphasis in Paleoenvironmental Sciences:

Fill out an online application with NAU Graduate College and follow additional instructions. The application deadline is February 1 each year for admission in the Fall semester of the same year.