EOAS offers graduate students a certificate in Earth System Science (ESS), designed to stimulate new collaborations between students and faculty from different disciplines that can lead to ground-breaking research and discoveries.
The ESS Certificate program provides students a transdisciplinary capstone upon their disciplinary training, paving the way to careers that integrate a variety of scientific perspectives on the Earth system. The ESS Certificate curriculum allows the student to custom design their curriculum according to their personal needs and interests. Courses in Rutgers’s graduate programs in Earth and Planetary Science, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Ecology and Evolution, and Geography, as well as courses in other related graduate programs, cover intersecting components of the Earth’s System. Two overview seminars required of all students completing the ESS Certificate provide a cross-section of transdisciplinary research across campus, links to graduate students in other EOAS disciplines, and education about the specific skills that are required of all researchers. Students completing the ESS certificate are required to earn at least 9 course credits in three different subjects outside their core area of study.