The program leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) in geosciences is designed to prepare students for professional careers or further graduate studies in earth, environmental, or hydrological sciences. Completion of the program requires completion of an individually tailored curriculum approved by the graduate program committee, and original research that culminates in a publicly defended thesis. Opportunities for research span a wide range of fundamental and applied science topics in earth, environmental and hydrological sciences. Students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members for further information.
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A prospective student may apply at any time and should follow the general graduate application procedure for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admissions Policies). Admission to the program is based on:
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- Applicants are required to have earned at least a baccalaureate degree in geology or related discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions office.
- An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all undergraduate credits from the applicant’s most recent baccalaureate degree.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- A letter of intent outlining background, preparation, interests, career goals and plans, and 1-3 potential faculty members to study under.
- A current résumé.
- A writing sample (publication, technical document, scientific abstract, or prior coursework).
- Completion of a Department of Geosciences College Course Summary for Prospective Student form.
- Three letters of recommendation from academic references.
|Master of Science in Geoscience|
|Course Number and Title||Credits|
|The student must complete a minimum of 30 credits, of which 20 or more are required to be at the 500-level.|
|Select one of the following:|
12 credits of GEOG, GEOPH, or GEOS courses approved by student’s supervisory committee
Geology Core (4 of the following courses)
GEOS 523 Advanced Geomorphology (3 cr)
GEOS 525 Whole Earth Geochemistry (3 cr)
GEOS 541 Plate Tectonics (3 cr)
GEOS 560 Volcanology (3 cr)
GEOS 607 Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography (3 cr)
|GEOS 601 Introduction to Research Program Development|
Mandatory for the first year on campus for all students
|GEOS 598 Graduate Seminar|
Enrollment in Graduate Seminar is required each semester of all graduate students in residence; one credit may be applied towards graduation.
|GEOS 593 Thesis||6|
|Additional elective courses as approved by the supervisory committee and by the coordinator of the M.S. Geoscience program.||10|
Graduate fellowships including tuition and fee waivers are available. Applicants should submit documents by February 1 to be considered for the Fall semester.
Phone: (208) 426-2902
Environmental Research Building 1160, MS1535
For additional information visit the Geosciences website.
In order to be considered for the Geoscience program, the Graduate application, official transcripts, and all related admission materials and requirements must be turned in by:
General: February 1
Final: September 15