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
EES 5011
Remote Sensing and GIS
EES 5042
Coastal Processes
EES 5101
Structural Geology (Graduate)
EES 5401
Analytical Methods in Mineralogy
EES 5402
X-ray Crystallography
EES 5406
Nanoscience and the Environment
EES 5434
EES 5454
Introduction to Geophysics
EES 5461
Low-Temperature Geochemistry
EES 5462
Advanced Low-Temperature Geochemistry
EES 5502
EES 5601
Vertebrate Paleontology and Taphonomy
EES 5625
Electron Optical Techniques
EES 5702
Sedimentary Petrology
EES 5725
Soils and Paleosols
EES 5801
Quantitative Structural Geo
EES 5802
EES 5811
Planetary Geology
EES 8000
Geology Seminar
EES 8082
Independent Study Program
EES 8200
Graduate Geology Seminar
EES 8411
Advanced Hydrogeology
EES 8421
Groundwater Modeling
EES 9993
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.