Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses
Select courses from the following to total 28 credits:28
Remote Sensing and GIS
Coastal Processes
Structural Geology (Graduate)
Analytical Methods in Mineralogy
X-ray Crystallography
Nanoscience and the Environment
Introduction to Geophysics
Low-Temperature Geochemistry
Advanced Low-Temperature Geochemistry
Vertebrate Paleontology and Taphonomy
Electron Optical Techniques
Sedimentary Petrology
Soils and Paleosols
Quantitative Structural Geo
Planetary Geology
Geology Seminar
Independent Study Program
Graduate Geology Seminar
Advanced Hydrogeology
Groundwater Modeling
Comprehensive Examination Prep
Research Course
EES 9996Master's Thesis Research2
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in the concepts of geological sciences. The exam has written and oral sections. It is taken when the student completes at least 20 credits.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science requires an original research thesis as the culminating project to earn its master's degree. The thesis is evaluated for both scientific content and writing style by a committee of two faculty members and the thesis advisor. Students are required to defend their theses publicly to the academic community.