The Department of Geosciences offers two graduate degrees in the field of Geological Sciences: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.S. in Geological Sciences may be either a coursework or research-based degree. The M.S. prepares students to pursue a Ph.D. or for careers in government, industry, teaching, or the non-profit sector. The Ph.D. prepares students for research and teaching careers in academia, as well as for research and leadership positions in government, industry, and the non-profit sector. Students may choose Geology or Geophysics as an area of concentration.
Requirements: The M.S. and the Ph.D. requirements in Geological Sciences conform to the Graduate School requirements as outlined in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. All M.S. and Ph.D. students are required to pass GSCI 5000 (Geoscience Core Course); additional course requirements are determined by the student’s advisory committee consistent with the minimum requirements specified by the Graduate School. There are no specific requirements for the areas of concentration beyond advisor approval.
The program is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.