The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers a master of science (MS) degree in paleontology, the only such advanced degree in the United States. For the MS in paleontology, students complete a research project culminating in the defense of a MS thesis; a non-thesis option is not available for this degree program. The MS in paleontology offers many opportunities for field-based research as well as courses in museum studies See the SDSM&T catalog for more information admission and program requirements.
Faculty expertise includes marine micropaleontology, vertebrate paleontology, and invertebrate paleontology. Areas of research include biostratigraphy, biogeography, paleoclimatology, trace element and isotopic paleontology, and evolutionary paleoecology. Resources available to graduate students in paleontology include the extensive collections of the Museum of Geology.
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