The University of Pittsburgh, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers a fully funded PhD in Geology and Environmental Science. The PhD degree requires the completion of 72 credits, of which 36 must be formal lecture and laboratory courses. The comprehensive financial package supports students throughout their graduate careers. Financial support for first-year graduate students is normally provided in the form of a tuition scholarship plus a teaching assistantship (TA), though some students do receive a graduate research assistantship (GSR) or a fellowship. All of these options consist of both a competitive stipend and full tuition coverage.