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Geologists study the history, materials, processes and products of the Earth. Some pursue solely academic interests such as how mountains form and erode while others are interested in practical applications, exploring fossil fuels and minerals or planning construction sites and disposal locations. A geologist studies environmental impact.

Overview

The Department of Geosciences offers master of science and doctoral degrees with specialization in geology, geophysics and environmental science.

Students research the most effective ways to detect oil, iron, copper, and many other minerals in the Earth while learning to identify and survey properties for environmental hazards. Our students also study the structure above and below the Earth’s surface to investigate earthquakes, oceanic shifts and other physical changes of our planet. Students are motivated to apply these principles creatively through training in advanced methods of analysis, research and synthesis. Graduates use their education to establish respectable careers in academia, consulting, industry and government.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Geosciences

  1. Develop advanced content knowledge and technical skills in geosciences.
  2. Ability to develop, recognize and test hypothesis in specific areas of Earth Sciences.
  3. Effective communication of research.
  4. Develop testable research goals and implement experimental tests.

Master of Science in Geophysics

  1. Develop advanced knowledge in geophysical techniques.
  2. Develop advanced problem solving skills in geophysics.
  3. Professional Achievement.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences

  1. Ability to develop proposal for unique and original research in geosciences based on critical evaluation and command of scientific literature.
  2. Ability to communicate complex scientific information to a technical audience, as well as to a general audience.
  3. Ability to conduct meaningful original research and solve complex problems.
Degree Options

Geophysics, Thesis Option, M.S.

Prepares students for the role of a geophysicist who studies the Earth using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods.

Geophysics, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.

Prepares students for the role of a geophysicist but intended for students who plan to conduct less research than graduate students who prepare a thesis.

Geophysics, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Geosciences, Thesis Option, M.S.

Prepares students for careers as professional geologists or for additional education at the doctoral level.

Geosciences, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.

Prepares students for careers as professional geologists but intended for students who plan to conduct less research than graduate students who prepare a thesis.

Geosciences, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Highly motivated students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Geology in five years.

Geosciences, J.D./M.S.

Students may obtain simultaneous degrees in law and geosciences, saving up to 19 hours of course work by combing this degrees. Provides an important advantage in law cases that involve energy, mining, water and environmental concerns.

Geosciences, Ph.D.

Provides students with basic scientific principles in the field of geosciences and the ability to apply these principles creatively through training in advanced methods of analysis, research and synthesis.

Professional Opportunities
  • Geoscientist
  • Resources manager
  • Health and safety researcher
  • Environmental forensics technician
Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results