Geosciences Graduate Programs - College of Engineering & Natural Sciences

Geosciences Graduate Programs

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.


The Department of Geosciences offers master of science 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.
  • Degree Options

    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.

  • 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
    • $60 application fee
    • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results