Geology and Geological Engineering MS

Students in the master of science (MS) degree program may specialize in either geology or geological engineering, each of which has different background and program requirements, and complete a research project culminating in the defense of a MS thesis. 

A non-thesis degree option is available with permission of the Department Head, and only under certain circumstances.

The department considers the thesis option to be its primary degree and strongly prefers that all M.S. students complete a thesis. New students are not admitted into the non-thesis degree option.

An Accelerated Masters Program is available enabling students to complete their B.S. + M.S. degrees in as little as five years.

Graduate students in the geological engineering specialization typically conduct research in areas related to water quality and resources, groundwater, environmental resource protection, geologic hazards, remote sensing, geomechanics, geotechnical/engineering geology, or energy and mineral resources.

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Graduate students in the geology specialization typically conduct research in energy and mineral resources, geochemistry, petroleum geology, sedimentation/stratigraphy, mineralogy/petrology, geoinformatics/geodynamics, GIS/remote sensing, and structure/tectonics. A separate MS in Paleontology is also available.

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