Sep 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geosciences, M.S., Geology Concentration

The M.S. degree program with a Geology concentration offers a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professional careers. Research efforts in either thesis or capstone projects are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics. Students that pursue the Geology concentration find employment in environmental consulting, mining and energy resource industries, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and related opportunities that utilize foundational skills and knowledge in geology. Thirty-six hours are required for completion of this degree. Further information is provided at

Concentration Requirements

Thesis Track (Minimum of 36 Hours)

Group I: Department Requirements (16 Hours)

Take all courses from Group I:

Group II: Core Required Geology Courses (6 Hours)

Take one course from geochemistry sequence and one from either instrumentation or water sequence:

Elective Geology Courses (Minimum 9 Hours)

Related Geosciences Skills Courses (Minimum 6 Hours)

Remaining Courses Taken in Consultation with the Student’s Advisor.

Capstone Track

  • All above requirements, except GEOS 8999 and thesis defense under section 1.
  • An additional 6 (or more) credits of GEOS graduate courses
  • Pass a written comprehensive examination
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Successfully present the capstone project carried out in GEOS 8990