Master of Science in Geoscience

Degree Requirements Students onboard R/V Seahawk

The MS Geoscience offers a thesis or portfolio option with concentrations in geology, geospatial science, and Earth processes and global change. Students, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and their major advisor will select the appropriate option and concentration based on their needs and interests.


Requirements for a M.S. degree in Geoscience (Catalogue link with course descriptions AY19-20, select appropriate year if needed from the catalogue menu)


1: Students must be able to critically read, logically evaluate, and professionally communicate geological data, problems, and issues in both oral and written communications.

2: Students must be able to formulate and test hypotheses through critical review of professional literature, and laboratory simulations, or field research and experiments in geology. Students must also be able to recognize sources of error, uncertainty, and limitations of data and results.

3: (Thesis option) - students must be able to evaluate arguments and solve problems through collection and analysis of new, original geological data, application of practical methods and techniques, and integration of mathematics and other natural sciences.

    (Portfolio option) - Students must demonstrate proficiency in the areas of field geology, petrology and mineralogy, sedimentary and historical geology, surficial processes, structural geology, environmental geology, engineering geology, and Earth resources.

Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences Graduate Course Descriptions (Catalogue link AY19-20, select appropriate year if needed from the catalogue menu)