Geology — MS

Graduate study in geology leads to the master of science. The graduate program is oriented toward providing a sound practical background in preparation for employment in industry or government service or further academic pursuits. The curriculum provides broad training in geology with the opportunity for specialization through electives, directed studies, and thesis or capstone research.

Admission into the master’s program requires a bachelor’s degree in geology (or related Earth science discipline) from an accredited institution with 40 semester hours in geology, an acceptable undergraduate GPA, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination general test, and three letters of recommendation. Undergraduate course deficiencies may be made up during the student’s first year in the degree program.

The thesis option MS degree in geology requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and completion of a thesis. The 30 hours include:

GEOL 7100Geocommunication3
GEOL 7990Research and Thesis4-6
Graduate-level Geology Courses18
Approved 6000- or 7000-level Geology or Supportive Electives 15-3
Total Hours30

Students electing the non-thesis option must complete a minimum of 40 semester hours and a capstone project. The 40 hours include:

GEOL 7100Geocommunication3
Graduate-level Geology Courses33
Approved 6000- or 7000-level Geology or Approved Electives 14
Total Hours40

Both degree options require (1) satisfactory completion of a summer field course or comparable field experience prior to beginning the second year of residence and (2) demonstrated working knowledge of a computer language or computer-based geographic information system (G.I.S.) before graduation.