Earth & Environmental Science
MS in Geology and PhD in Geoscience
The Department of Earth & Environmental Science offers a two-year MS program which includes graduate courses in geology, weekly graduate seminars, qualifying exams and research leading to a master’s thesis. The program prepares students for professional employment in industry or government or for advanced study in geology, business or law through cutting-edge scientific investigation, classroom instruction, and teaching experience.
The MA program strives to prepare students for professional employment in industry or government or for advanced study in geology, business, or law through cutting-edge scientific investigation, classroom instruction, and teaching experience. Course progression in the MA program is guided by the research advisor on a case-by-case basis to ensure students develop depth in a geological specialty. The department offers a number of teaching and research assistantships, which carry a stipend and remission of tuition. All applicants are considered for aid; most are supported for two years.
After completing this program, students should:
- be employable in geology-related fields or able to further their education in graduate programs
- determine methods and approaches needed to solve a geological problem
- apply theoretical, conceptual, and observation knowledge to the analysis of geologic data and solve geologic problems
- plan instruction and design learning experiences for students and make subject matter comprehensive
- demonstrate the ability to critically discuss issues related to geology that impact society and planet Earth
- demonstrate competence in scientific inquiry, writing, and oral presentation and defense of hypotheses
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