Dr. Michael Smith
Master of Science (MS) in
Goal of Program:
The general focus of the program is the development of professional geologists capable of conducting research in geology through broadly-based study of modern geological processes and their ancient analogs.
- The program includes both a thesis and non-thesis option, both of which provide a foundation for employment in the environmental fields, mineral and energy industries, and government agencies.
- In addition the thesis option prepares students for advanced study leading to the doctoral degree while the non-thesis option (NTO) provides a foundation for employment as an entry-level professional geologist in environmental fields and firms, mineral and energy industries, and government agencies. Completion of the NTO assists students toward professional licensure.
- Specific goals of the program are to provide advanced research and educational opportunities in the geological sciences, and to prepare geologists for solving contemporary geologic problems.
- Specific objectives are:
- To develop research competence in geology
- To develop professional competence in the assessment of water, energy and mineral resource potentials
- To develop a level of research competence in geology that encourages continued effort towards the doctoral degree
- To provide the scientific community with meaningful geological data
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