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Develop new understanding through research and creativity with the Master of Science (M.S.) in Geology.

Through this degree program, you will learn how to:

  • Place geological information into a context that is meaningful to land and environment stewardship and civil infrastructure stakeholders
  • Assess risk and vulnerability from geological hazards and make realistic evaluations about quality and quantity of Earth resources
  • Determine whether geological data could be indicative of a potential subsurface target of interest
  • Recommend the suitability of a given type of geological data to address a given geoscience problem
  • Suggest generalizations about fundamental Earth structures and processes from incomplete and possibly inaccurate geological information
  • Combine geological and geophysical data to build an integrative model whose value exceed the sum of its components
  • Prepare an oral presentation in which you will describe, interpret, and draw conclusions from geophysical information; respond to questions about your presentation
  • Prepare a well-written and well-structured written document that contains sound reasoning and defensible conclusions based on geological principles
  • Access and learn to use commercial software packages that process, display and manipulate geological data
  • Access and learn to use basic geological field and laboratory equipment
  • Execute a test of a geological research hypothesis using basic principles, data, and techniques
  • Understand the basic principles of scientific uncertainty as it relates to geological hypothesis testing

Master of Science in Geology Program Requirements

Steps to Fulfill a Masters Program