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Choose a Focus for Professional M.S. in Geological Sciences

Choose a Focus

Non-thesis students have the option to focus on particular aspects of their training. For example, a student might elect to enroll in courses focused on applied geology, geology and business, or geology and communications. Some example areas of focus are shown below.

Objectives of the Program

Students in the non-thesis option M.S. program will:

  1. Eliminate deficiencies in their geological education.
  2. Pursue advanced study in one or more areas of geology.
  3. Prepare for employment in the geosciences or related fields. 

Applied Geology Focus

Course Schedule Example

Fall Semester

(18 credits)

  • GEOL 5270 Water Geochemistry (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5850 Applied Geophysics (4 credits)   
  • GEOL 6901 Ore Geology (4 credits)
  • GEOG 5730 Principles of GIS (4 credits)        
  • GEOL 6291 Colloquium (1 credit)
  • GEOL 6XXX Research Seminar (1 credit)       
Spring Semester

(18 credits)

  • GEOL 5440 Ichnology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5760 Subsurface Methods (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5811 Advanced Hydrogeology (4 credits)
  • GEOG 5740 GIS Design & Development (4 credits)
  • GEOL 6291 Colloquium (1 credit)
  • GEOL 6XXX Research Seminar (1 credit)

Geology with a Focus on Business

Course Schedule Example

Fall Semester

(18 credits)

  • GEOL 5050 Statistical Methods (4 credits)    
  • GEOL 5850 Applied Geophysics (4 credits)
  • GEOL 6901 Ore Geology (4 credits)
  • ECON 6000 Managerial Economics (4 credits)         
  • GEOL 6291 Colloquium (1 credit)      
  • GEOL 6XXX Research Seminar (1 credit)                  
Spring Semester

(19 credits)

  • GEOL 5050 Statistical Methods (5 credits)
  • GEOL 5570 Petroleum Geology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5XXX Geology Graduate Course (4 credits)
  • ECON 5350 Economics of Energy (4 credits)
  • GEOL 6291 Colloquium (1 credit)
  • GEOL 6XXX Research Seminar (1 credit)

Geology with a Communications Focus

Course Schedule Example

Fall Semester

(17 credits)

  • GEOL 5460 Earth Systems Evolution (4 credits)        
  • GEOL 5480 Paleoecology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5800 Hydrogeology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5XXX Environmental Science and Journalism (3 credits)
  • GEOL 6291 Colloquium (1 credit)
  • GEOL 6XXX Research Seminar (1 credit)
Spring Semester

(18 credits)

  • GEOL 5080 Planetary Geology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5440 Ichnology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 5760 Subsurface Methods (4 credits)
  • GEOG 5470 Natural Resource Conservation (4 credits)
  • GEOL 6291 Colloquium (1 credit)
  • GEOL 6XXX Research Seminar (1 credit)

Departmental Social Media

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