Graduate Programs

The Department of Geology offers programs leading to a graduate certificate, the Master of Arts or Master of Science in geology, an option in geohydrology, the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Teaching (Science), and to the Ph.D. degree in the School of the Environment.

The M.A./M.S. program is designed to train geology students beyond the baccalaureate degree for professional employment or for advanced graduate work. The M.A.T./M.S.T. program is offered for teachers in secondary schools and community colleges.

Geology is in the School of the Environment and participates in the Earth, Environment, & Society Doctoral Program. Specialized studies in hydrogeology, geomicrobiology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomechanics, glaciology, and applied stratigraphy, along with multidisciplinary environmental science courses and seminars, will partially fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. See Earth, Environment and Society Ph.D. for information relative to the Ph.D. program in Earth, Environment, & Society.

Admission requirements

Geology M.A./M.S.

Geology M.A.T./M.S.T.

Geology M.A.T./M.S.T.

In consultation with the graduate adviser, the student should establish the degree program before the completion of 16 credits of coursework. The program must include a minimum of 45 credits in approved graduate courses, to include a minimum of 30 credits in geology and related sciences, and 6 credits in G 506. At least 9 credits must be in education courses. In order to fulfill requirements for the degree, the student must satisfactorily complete the degree program and pass both a final written examination and a final oral examination.