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Master of Science Program in Earth System Science


Curricular Title

Master of Science Program in Earth System Science


Degree Title

Master of Science (Earth System Science)


Abbreviation

M.Sc. (Earth System Science)


Curricular Philosophy and Goals

The Master of Science Program in Earth System Science aims to produce graduates, who are fully equipped with high-level knowledge and research skills in the field of Earth System Science, and can create new knowledge and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge for preventing and solving natural disaster problems and managing natural resources and environment.

Global change has occurred rapidly. Natural resources and environment have been degraded quickly. Natural disasters become more intense and occur more often globally leading to invaluable economic, environmental, and social losses. Environmental and natural disaster problems are major causes that threaten global development in many aspects. Understanding these issues requires the integration of knowledge across many disciplines. Developing new knowledge and technologies that will help solve these problems are the goals of this curriculum.


Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must hold
    • a bachelor's degree within the 1st quartile or
    • a graduate certificate with cumulative GPA not less than 3.75 or
    • a graduate diploma with cumulative GPA not less than 3.50 or
    • must have a senior project or research study with very good quality.
    • All above must be obtained from universities approved by the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Committee (IGSC).
    • Other applicants may be admitted on conditions that they receive approval from the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Board.
  2. The applicant must submit a TOEFL or an IELTS score.

Curriculum Structure

Total credits: 36

  • Selected Topics (2 courses) S/U credits
  • Special Studies (2 courses) S/U credits
  • Graduate Thesis 36credits

All courses are conducted in English. Selection of selected topic and special study courses is advised by the thesis advisor.


Selected Topic Courses

  • 964-101:   Earth System Science
  • 964-102:   Natural Hazards and Disasters
  • 964-103:   Satellite Meteorology
  • 964-104:   Applied Geology
  • 964-105:   Introduction of Geomechanics
  • 964-106:   Exploration Geophysics
  • 964-107:   Advanced Remote Sensing
  • 964-108:   Advanced Geographic Information System
  • 964-109:   Electromagnetic Waves
  • 964-110:   Applied Probability
  • 964-111:   Spatial Analysis
  • 964-112:   Advanced Spatial Statistics
  • 964-113:   Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • 964-114:   Managerial Economics
  • 964-115:   Statistical Analysis
  • 964-116:   Selected Topics of ESS I
  • 964-117:   Selected Topics of ESS II

Special Study Courses

  • 964-201: Special Study I
  • 964-202: Special Study II

Thesis

  • 964-301: Thesis Credits:36(0-108-0)

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee is composed of at least 5 members, including an advisor (Chairman of the committee), a co-advisor, two faculty members, and an external examiner. In the thesis defense, thesis advisors cannot answer questions and vote for the student.


Main Thesis Advisor

The main thesis advisor must have published at least 2 ISI papers after doctoral graduation. The papers must not be from his/her thesis work.


External Examiner

  • The External Examiner is assigned by the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Board.
  • The thesis committee proposes two candidates to the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Board as soon as the student completes all required courses. The board chooses one to serve as the External Examiner.
  • The External Examiner's academic qualification has to be at least Associate Professor, and has published at least two papers in journals listed in the first two upper quartiles of the ISI database.
  • The External Examiner can veto the quality of the thesis.

Thesis Final Defense Committee

The thesis final defense committee consists of the same members as the thesis committee.


Graduation Requirements

  1. Have completed all required courses of the curriculum.
  2. Have passed the qualifying examination.
  3. Have passed the thesis proposal defense.
  4. Have passed the thesisfinal defense.
  5. Have the thesis published or have obtained acceptance of publication for a paper in a journal listed in the first two upper quartiles of the ISI database.
  6. Have satisfied one of the following English proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL score not less than 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test), or 80 (internet-based test)
    • IELTS score not less than 6.0

Faculty Members Responsible for the Program

  • Dr. Avirut Puttiwongrak
    D.Phil. (Environment and Resource System Engineering) from Kyoto University
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-104, 964-105, 964-106, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-303
    Research Interests: Geophysical, geotechnical, and geomechanical techniques in exploration of surface and subsurface, and integration of those knowledge for preventing geo-disasters and contributing the development of energy, environment, and infrastructure.
  • Dr. Sangdao Wongsai
    Ph.D. (Applied Statistics) from Macquarie University
    Responsible courses: 964-110, 964-111, 964-112,964-114, 964-115, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-302, 964-303
  • Dr. Vipawee Dummee
    Ph.D. in Biology (International Program) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-302, 964-303
    Research Interests: Environmental Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Water Pollution Management, Marine Biology.
  • Dr. Kritana Prueksakorn
    D.Eng. (Environmental Engineering) from Changwon National University, South Korea
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-302, 964-303
    Research Interests: Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling, Bioenergy, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Industrial Ventilation, Life Cycle Assessment, Odor Measurement and Management.
  • Dr. Tanwa Arpornthip
    Ph.D. (Experimental Physics) from University of Virginia, USA
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-302, 964-303
    Research Interests: Natural disaster mitigation, Sustainable energy solutions, Artificial intelligence methods in environmental sciences

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Master of Philosophy Program in Earth System Science

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Earth System Science


Curricular Title

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Earth System Science


Degree Title

Doctor of Philosophy (Earth System Science)


Abbreviation

Ph.D. (Earth System Science)


Curricular Philosophy and Goals

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Earth System Science aims to produce graduates, who are fully equipped with high-level knowledge and research skills in the field of Earth System Science, and can create new knowledge and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge for preventing and solving natural disaster problems and managing natural resources and environment.

Global change has occurred rapidly. Natural resources and environment have been degraded quickly. Natural disasters become more intense and occur more often globally leading to invaluable economic, environmental, and social losses. Environmental and natural disaster problems are major causes that threaten global development in many aspects. Understanding these issues requires the integration of knowledge across many disciplines. Developing new knowledge and technologies that will help solve these problems are the goals of this curriculum.


Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must hold
    • a bachelor's degree within the 1st quartile or
    • a graduate certificate with cumulative GPA not less than 3.75 or
    • a graduate diploma with cumulative GPA not less than 3.50 or
    • a master's degree with cumulative GPA not less than 3.50 or
    • must have a senior project or research study with very good quality.
    • All above must be obtained from universities approved by the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Committee (IGSC).
    • Other applicants may be admitted on conditions that they receive approval from the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Board.
  2. The applicant must submit a TOEFL or an IELTS score.

Curriculum Structure

Study Plan 1.1
(for students entering with a Master's degree)

Total credits: 48

  • Selected Topics (2 courses) S/U credits
  • Special Studies (2 courses) S/U credits
  • Thesis 48 credits

Study Plan 1.2
(for students entering with a Bachelor's degree)

Total credits: 72

  • Selected Topics (2 courses) S/U credits
  • Special Studies (2 courses) S/U credits
  • Thesis 72credits

All courses are conducted in English. Selection of selected topic and special study courses is advised by the thesis advisor.


Selected Topic Courses

  • 964-101:   Earth System Science
  • 964-102:   Natural Hazards and Disasters
  • 964-103:   Satellite Meteorology
  • 964-104:   Applied Geology
  • 964-105:   Introduction of Geomechanics
  • 964-106:   Exploration Geophysics
  • 964-107:   Advanced Remote Sensing
  • 964-108:   Advanced Geographic Information System
  • 964-109:   Electromagnetic Waves
  • 964-110:   Applied Probability
  • 964-111:   Spatial Analysis
  • 964-112:   Advanced Spatial Statistics
  • 964-113:   Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • 964-114:   Managerial Economics
  • 964-115:   Statistical Analysis
  • 964-116:   Selected Topics of ESS I
  • 964-117:   Selected Topics of ESS II

Special Study Courses

  • 964-201: Special Study I
  • 964-202: Special Study II

Thesis

  • 964-302: Thesis ; Credits:48(0-144-0)
  • 964-303: Thesis ; Credits:72(0-216-0)

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee is composed of at least 5 members, including an advisor (Chairman of the committee), a co-advisor, two faculty members, and an external examiner. In the thesis defense, thesis advisors cannot answer questions and vote for the student.


Main Thesis Advisor

The main thesis advisor must have published at least 2 ISI papers after doctoral graduation. The papers must not be from his/her thesis work.


External Examiner

  • The External Examiner is assigned by the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Board.
  • The thesis committee proposes two candidates to the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School Board as soon as the student completes all required courses. The board chooses one to serve as the External Examiner.
  • The External Examiner's academic qualification has to be at least Associate Professor, and has published at least two papers in journals listed in the first two upper quartiles of the ISI database.
  • The External Examiner can veto the quality of the thesis.

Thesis Final Defense Committee

The thesis final defense committee consists of the same members as the thesis committee.


Graduation Requirements

  1. Have completed all required courses of the curriculum.
  2. Have passed the qualifying examination.
  3. Have passed the thesis proposal defense.
  4. Have passed the thesis final defense.
  5. Have the thesis published or have obtained acceptance of publication for 2 papers, where a paper has to be in a journal listed in the 1st quartile of the ISI database and the other paper has to be in a journal listed in the first two upper quartiles of the ISI database.
  6. Have satisfied one of the following English proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL score not less than 575 (paper-based test) or 232 (computer-based test), or 91 (internet-based test)
    • IELTS score not less than 6.5

Faculty Members Responsible for the Program

  • Dr. Avirut Puttiwongrak
    D.Phil. (Environment and Resource System Engineering) from Kyoto University
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-104, 964-105, 964-106, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-303
    Research Interests: Geophysical, geotechnical, and geomechanical techniques in exploration of surface and subsurface, and integration of those knowledge for preventing geo-disasters and contributing the development of energy, environment, and infrastructure.
  • Dr. Sangdao Wongsai
    Ph.D. (Applied Statistics) from Macquarie University
    Responsible courses: 964-110, 964-111, 964-112,964-114, 964-115, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-302, 964-303
  • Dr. Vipawee Dummee
    Ph.D. in Biology (International Program) from Mahidol University, Thailand
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-302, 964-303
    Research Interests: Environmental Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Water Pollution Management, Marine Biology.
  • Dr. Kritana Prueksakorn
    D.Eng. (Environmental Engineering) from Changwon National University, South Korea
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-302, 964-303
    Research Interests: Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling, Bioenergy, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Industrial Ventilation, Life Cycle Assessment, Odor Measurement and Management.
  • Dr. Tanwa Arpornthip
    Ph.D. (Experimental Physics) from University of Virginia, USA
    Responsible courses: 964-101, 964-102, 964-116, 964-117, 964-201, 964-202, 964-301, 964-302, 964-303
    Research Interests: Natural disaster mitigation, Sustainable energy solutions, Artificial intelligence methods in environmental sciences
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Doctor of Philosophy Program in Earth System Science