Pursuit of the MS degree not only helps prepare students for exciting career opportunities in areas of distinct benefit to mankind, but it also allows them to experience the challenges and rewards of modern scientific research. It is expected that the thesis work will culminate in new understanding of a problem of scientific significance and that results will be published in a reputable scientific journal.
Areas of specialization: Earth Science Education, Environmental Geology, and Geology.
Requirements for Degree.
Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Geol 699R); 1 hour of Geol 591R.
- Geology: Geol 601 and others to be determined in consultation with advisor.
- Environmental geology: Geol 601, 635, 636; 9 hours from Geol 411, 435, 445, 521, 560, 590R (approved by graduate committee), PWS 511, Ch En 411, CE En 545, 555, 641, 654. Recommended: Stat 511
- Earth science education: Geol 697R (approved by graduate committee); 6–9 hours from Geol 411, 435, 440, 445, 460, 480; 6 hours from IP&T 560, 564, 620, 652, 661
- Any additional graduate courses in geology approved by graduate committee may be taken to satisfy remainder of 24 course work hours
Examinations: (A) comprehensive oral examination on course work; (B) final oral defense of thesis.