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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


M.S. in Geological Sciences

The Master of Science degree program is offered by a diverse group of faculty whose research interests span a wide range of topics. The degree prepares students for professional careers in industry and government, and for the pursuit of further graduate degrees in the fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry and marine science. M.S. students are expected to conduct scientific research under the supervision of an advisor, and to develop a greater understanding of the fundamental principles and practices related to the primary area of their study. In addition to basic coursework requirements, the degree requires a written thesis or peer-reviewed manuscript.

Coursework (30 hours) is chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. In fulfillment of the department Breadth Requirement [pdf], two courses (6 hours) must come from two of the following three categories:

  1. Solid Earth: GEOL 725 - Internal Earth Processes or GEOL 735 - Regional Tectonics 
  2. Hydrologic and Ocean Sciences: GEOL 711 - Paleoclimatology, GEOL 770 - Groundwater Geology, GEOL 781 - Physical Oceanography, or GEOL 782 - Chemical Oceanography
  3. Data Analysis: GEOL 755 - Environmental Measurement and Analysis, GEOL 758 - Analysis of Geologic Data or GEOL 783- Oceanographic Time Series Analysis

Additional information is included in the Graduate Bulletin [pdf] and the Geological Sciences Graduate Student Handbook.

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