Our department offers an M.S. in Earth Sciences with opportunities for study and research in the areas of geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, remote sensing, spatial analysis and environmental science. The program offers graduate students personal guidance (typical of a relatively small department) with the field, laboratory, and computing facilities and resources that accompany a much larger Earth Sciences department. Within this context, you will find a healthy combination of both field- and model-based Earth Science research as well as applied and academic research opportunities.
Our faculty offer courses and are active in the following specific research areas: air quality, applied climatology, applied geophysics, biogeochemistry, climate change, coastal geology, emerging diseases, environmental geology, epidemiology, fluvial processes, geospatial analysis, GIS/geo-computation, groundwater hydrology, land change dynamics, landscape ecology, marine geology, mineralogy and geochemistry, numerical modeling, paleoecology, paleontology, quaternary geology, remote sensing, renewable energies, sedimentology, severe weather, soil science, stratigraphy, structural geology, sustainability, tropical cyclones, urban ecology, volcanology, and weather forecasting.
The program is designed to address a range of student needs and to be completed in two years of full-time study. Graduates of the program will employ their expertise in a wide variety of activities and will be prepared for careers such as environmental consultants, geologists in the energy and mining industries, meteorologists, regulators in governmental agencies, and earth science teachers in secondary schools. Furthermore, the M.S. in Earth Sciences prepares students for admission to traditional Atmospheric Science, Geology, or Earth Science Ph.D. programs as well as interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs such as Infrastructure and Environmental Systems – a program we also offer in conjunction with the College of Engineering.
Important Deadlines: Applicants who wish to be considered for a select number of competitive Teaching Assistantships (TAs) must have their completed application submitted to the Graduate School no later than February 1 (for students wishing to begin in the fall term) or September 30 (for students wishing to begin in the spring term). Review of applications will begin on these dates and continue until all available teaching assistantships are filled. Applications received after these dates will be accepted although funding opportunities will be more limited.
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If you have any questions not directly answered here, feel free to contact Dr. Scott Hippensteel, the Earth Science Graduate Coordinator. We are here to answer your questions, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Resources for Prospective and Current Students
- M.S. Admission Requirements
- Assistantships and Financial Considerations
- Overview of Graduate School Funding Options
- Recent Graduate Courses: Atmospheric Science / Meteorology
- Recent Graduate Courses: Geology / Hydrology / Earth Sciences
- Research Theses/Projects
- Campus Visits for Prospective Students