• Students may choose to study GIS or environmental geosystems
  • Demand for professional geoscientists has been and continues to be high
  • This program offers both science and management contexts
  • Opportunities for independent research are part of the MTSU experience

Geosciences M.S.

MTSU's new Master's of Science in Professional Science concentration in Geosciences gives graduates a background in both science and management, unlike traditional research-based-only programs. The program also appeals to undergraduates from the anthropology and history departments as well as the hard sciences. Students may choose between specializations in geographic information systems (GIS) or environmental geosystems, or follow the general geoscience track. The department is well-equipped with modern research and teaching technologies. All master's candidates must complete a pre-professional internship. Full-time and part-time programs are available, and almost all classes are held during evening hours. The demand for professional geoscientists is high, and job growth is expected to rise up to 25 percent in coming years.

Geospatial Research Center promotes awareness, prepares grads

Geospatial Research Center promotes awareness, prepares grads

The new MTSU Geospatial Research Center, serving both campus and regional private/public interests, aims to increase use and awareness of geospatial information and technology. It is located in the Ralph O. Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology, named after the retired department chair who pioneered the use of remote sensing and GIS technology in Tennessee. The GRC offers advanced computational infrastructure and qualified personnel to engage students in professional projects. Research areas include geographic information systems, remote sensing, watershed modeling, spatial analysis, computational sciences, and historical GIS projects that mine data out of records to map historical events or places. The center works with professionals and scientists at local, state, and federal levels such as the Tennessee Historical Commission, National Sedimentation Laboratory, UNAERP (Brazil), Environmental Protection Agency, National Resources Conservation Service, and other universities.

Engineer chose program for GIS research capabilities

Engineer chose program for GIS research capabilities

Eugenie Valerie Kamgue, who already has bachelor's and master's degrees in physics plus an environmental engineering degree, is among students pursuing MTSU's new master's with a Geosciences concentration. Kamgue, a native of Cameroon in Africa, in part chose the program because she had previously used GIS software in writing her engineering thesis. The project was designed to help officials in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, allocate resources like sanitation, roads, water, and electricity to improve living conditions for impoverished suburban settlements. She worked for a civil engineering company before her husband moved to Knoxville for post-doctoral work, but she chose MTSU over a similar program at Tennessee. Kamgue, on a Ph.D. path unlike many in the Professional Sciences program, also is assisting Dr. Henrique Momm with GIS on a conservation research project to suggest vegetation locations to repair the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Geosciences master’s program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal government agencies; private industry; and academic positions supporting spatially related projects and research. This graduate concentration provides training for students seeking careers in the high-demand geosciences job market, as well as working professionals seeking advanced training or movement into managerial positions. Examples of some professions boosted by this master's degree: 

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmentalist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • GIS professional
  • Historian
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Political scientist
  • Professor
  • Seismologist
  • Teacher

Employers of MTSU alumni

Because this degree program is quite new, employer information is still being compiled.

Many MTSU graduates with Geosciences degrees are employed with oil and gas exploration companies, mining companies, environmental consulting firms, and government agencies.

A rising demand for geoscientists will be spurred by increased interest in energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services are expected to see growth.

More Information on Geoscience Careers

Graduate

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

Students in Geosciences choose among three tracks: geographic information systems, environmental geosystems, and general geoscience. The degree is certified as a Professional Science Master’s degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Admission to the Geosciences master's program is open to all students with undergraduate degrees in the geosciences or related fields who meet the admission requirements of the M.S. degree program. Applications are welcomed from majors in disciplines such as anthropology, archeology, environmental science, and global studies.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

On the undergraduate level, the MTSU Department of Geosciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geoscience, with concentrations in Geology and Geography.

Geology students choose among three career tracks: geology, earth science, and earth science education. Geography students also choose among three career tracks: geography, geographic techniques, and geography education.

Undergraduate minors are offered in Geography, Geology/Earth Science, and Remote Sensing.

Professional Science, Geosciences Concentration, M.S.

Saeed Foroudastan, Director
Professional Science
(615) 494-7618
Saeed.Foroudastan@mtsu.eduFor more information about the Geosciences concentration, contact:
Clay Harris, Program Coordinator
Geosciences Concentration
(615) 904-8019
Clay.Harris@mtsu.eduCarey Snowden, Graduate Coordinator
Master of Science in Professional Science Program
(615)904-8581
Carey.Snowden@mtsu.edu

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences offers the Master of Science with a major in Professional Science (M.S.) with six concentrations: Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The concentration in Actuarial Sciences offers preparation, basic knowledge, and professional skills to work as an actuary and to pass actuarial professional examinations.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Professional Science with a concentration in Geosciences requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college with a major in geosciences, anthropology, or related areas;
  2. basic competency in word processing, electronic mail, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases.

Once accepted into the College of Graduate Studies, students in the Master of Science in Professional Science program may enroll for one semester before fully admitted to the program.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php
  2. submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
  3. submit three letters of reference to graduate.mtsu.edu (or mail to College of Graduate Studies);
  4. submit an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report. A composite GRE score of 286 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) is expected for consideration for unconditional admission.

Degree Requirements

Once admitted to the program, each candidate must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit.

Curriculum: Professional Science, Geosciences

Candidates must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (15 hours)

 

  • ACTG 6100 - Accounting and Legal Issues for Managers

    3 credit hours

    Surveys accounting skills and legal perspectives necessary for managers without undergraduate business degrees to enter the businessworld. Will not meet the requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems, M.Acc. in Accounting, or the M.B.A. degree programs.

  • BCED 6820 - Managerial Communication

    3 credit hours

    Analysis of communication theory and communication processes with emphasis on development of executive communication skills essential for understanding organizational processes from a holistic perspective. Covers organizational theory, behavior, and interpersonal communication from both a domestic and global perspective.

  • BCED 6910 - Internship Program

    3 credit hours

    A supervised program of related work experience. Provides experiential opportunities for the application of the theoretical concepts learned.

  • MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation

    3 credit hours

    Issues in leadership and motivation in business organizations. An examination of the theoretical framework for leadership and motivation processes serves as foundation. Emphasis on practical issues and applications of leadership development and motivation.

  • STAT 5140 - Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Professional Sciences program; graduate level. Focuses on probability and statistics concepts. Topics include binomial and normal probabilistic modeling; important statistical concepts such as confounding, randomization, sampling variability and significance; statistical testing of significant differences and associations; and design experiments to test research hypotheses.

Track: Geographic Information Systems

 

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

 

  • GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium  2 credit hours  (required for all tracks) 

    GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 1030/1031 or GEOL 1040/1041, or equivalent. A discussion of current issues in geosciences led by guest speakers, MTSU faculty members, and graduate students.

  • PGEO 5560 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 4530 or PGEO 5530. Lecture and laboratory work related to the principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Continued training in GIS analysis including raster analysis, spatial analysis, network analysis, and geocoding. Data management including data editing, geodatabase design, and creation also examined. Other topics include resource management, demographic, and civic application. Three hours lecture per week.

  • PGEO 5570 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 4560 or PGEO 5560. Use of geographic information systems, computer programming, and database operations to analyze geodata. Study of geographic areas recently modified by natural or human phenomena to acquire relevant data, use appropriate spatial statistics, and make inferences about the transformative process and/or the future state of the study area. Presentation of findings in both map and report form. Three hours lecture per week.

  • PGEO 6040 - Geospatial Systems and Applications

    4 credit hours

    Evaluate integrated environmental systems and physical processes in landscapes through application of GIS technology. Make spatial inferences about transformative processes and past/future state of the study area. Describe techniques required to complete environmental studies at multiple scales involving geospatial datasets.

  • PGEO 6050 - Programming for Geospatial Database Applications

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 5570. Development of custom/tailored GIS-based computer programming to analyze geospatial datasets for making inferences about the Earth's natural and human systems. Extend commercially available geographic information systems software packages through the development of novel computer programs to perform GIS tasks such as spatial analysis, data transformation, map generation, and geospatial database integration.

  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Previous coursework or experience in systems analysis. Practical explanation of the total systems concept and a knowledge of systems development. Addresses the entire development cycle including analysis, design, and implementation. Includes an emphasis on project management.

One of the following:

  • INFS 6500 - IT Project Management Planning and Implementation

    3 credit hours

    Planning and implementation issues such as project planning and selection, portfolio management, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, change management, and leadership. Includes a substantial emphasis on organizational and people issues in project management.

  • INFS 6510 - IT Project Risk Assessment and Control

    3 credit hours

    Elements involved in identifying and mitigating IT project risks. Offers preparation to monitor project progress, identify and quantify the impact of risks, evaluate the degree to which a program is troubled, and apply appropriate decision strategies to problematic situations.

  • INFS 6520 - IT Project Management Case Studies

    3 credit hours

    Integrates all areas of IT project management into a coherent analysis. Covers topics, situations, and problems using case study techniques. Includes the development of project management software skills.

Track: Environmental Geosystems

 

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

 

  • GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium  2 credit hours  (required for all tracks) 

    GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 1030/1031 or GEOL 1040/1041, or equivalent. A discussion of current issues in geosciences led by guest speakers, MTSU faculty members, and graduate students.

  • PGEO 6040 - Geospatial Systems and Applications

    4 credit hours

    Evaluate integrated environmental systems and physical processes in landscapes through application of GIS technology. Make spatial inferences about transformative processes and past/future state of the study area. Describe techniques required to complete environmental studies at multiple scales involving geospatial datasets.

  • GEOL 5040 - Engineering Geology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/1031 or GEOL 1040/1041 or equivalent; MATH 1720 and MATH 1710 or MATH 1730. Principles and applications of geology in engineering practice. Engineering geology exploration, behavior of soils and rocks for engineering projects, application of engineering geology to the solution of construction and environmental problems. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 6000 - Environmental Geosystems

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: Graduate standing in Geosciences or permission of department. Principles of environmental geosystems. The role of geologic processes in natural and human-induced distribution of contaminants in minerals, rocks, soils, surface water, and groundwater. Detection, measurement, and remediation of human impacts on geologic environments. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 6010 - Case Studies in Environmental Geosystems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:GEOL 6000. Environmental geosystem case studies involving natural and human-induced distribution of contaminants in minerals, rocks, soils, surface water, and groundwater and the detection, measurement, and remediation of contaminants in geologic environments. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 6020 - Advanced Hydrogeology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 4130 or GEOL 5130. Advanced principles and the applications of hydrogeologic modeling techniques used to investigate and remediate contaminated groundwater. Three hours lecture per week.

One of the following:

  • PLSO 5350 - Soil Survey and Land Use

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS/PLSO 3340 or approval of instructor. Soil properties used to determine suitability for land use. Lecture/lab.

  • GEOL 5150 - Environmental Applications of Hydrogeology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 4130 or GEOL 5130. Advanced course that emphasizes applied methods for assessing hazardous and solid waste facilities and contaminated ground water remediation techniques. Included will be site characterization methods, ground water sampling procedures, and monitoring well installation techniques. Additional assignments involving case history analysis with an oral presentation will be required of graduate students. Three hours lecture per week.

Track: General Geosciences

 

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

 

  • GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium  2 credit hours  (required for all tracks) 

    GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 1030/1031 or GEOL 1040/1041, or equivalent. A discussion of current issues in geosciences led by guest speakers, MTSU faculty members, and graduate students.

 

At least 12 hours from the following:

  • PGEO 6040 - Geospatial Systems and Applications

    4 credit hours

    Evaluate integrated environmental systems and physical processes in landscapes through application of GIS technology. Make spatial inferences about transformative processes and past/future state of the study area. Describe techniques required to complete environmental studies at multiple scales involving geospatial datasets.

  • PGEO 6050 - Programming for Geospatial Database Applications

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 5570. Development of custom/tailored GIS-based computer programming to analyze geospatial datasets for making inferences about the Earth's natural and human systems. Extend commercially available geographic information systems software packages through the development of novel computer programs to perform GIS tasks such as spatial analysis, data transformation, map generation, and geospatial database integration.

  • GEOL 6000 - Environmental Geosystems

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: Graduate standing in Geosciences or permission of department. Principles of environmental geosystems. The role of geologic processes in natural and human-induced distribution of contaminants in minerals, rocks, soils, surface water, and groundwater. Detection, measurement, and remediation of human impacts on geologic environments. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 6010 - Case Studies in Environmental Geosystems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:GEOL 6000. Environmental geosystem case studies involving natural and human-induced distribution of contaminants in minerals, rocks, soils, surface water, and groundwater and the detection, measurement, and remediation of contaminants in geologic environments. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 6020 - Advanced Hydrogeology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 4130 or GEOL 5130. Advanced principles and the applications of hydrogeologic modeling techniques used to investigate and remediate contaminated groundwater. Three hours lecture per week.

No more than 7 hours from the following:

  • GEOG 5320 - Economic Geography

    3 credit hours

    Relationship of the physical factors of the environment to the productive occupations of humans and the distribution of the products produced. Additional projects, reports, and/or papers.

  • GEOG 5330 - Political Geography

    3 credit hours

    Significance of geographical factors in understanding political relationships within and among nations; spatial implications of political decision-making processes. Additional projects, reports, and/or papers.

  • GEOG 5340 - Historical Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement. Additional projects, reports, and/or papers.

  • GEOG 5370 - Urban Geography  3 credit hours  

    GEOG 5370 - Urban Geography

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the development of towns, cities, and associated urban areas. Environmental problems also examined. Classroom analysis of various theories of urban development and of data collected by field work. Preparation of appropriate land-use map.

  • GEOG 5420 - Geography of Latin America

    3 credit hours

    Geographic regions of Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America. Policy analysis and supporting data.

  • PGEO 5380 - Cartography  4 credit hours  

    PGEO 5380 - Cartography

    4 credit hours

    General knowledge of the field including familiarity with the techniques and tools of professional cartography and graphics. Selected lectures and class discussions. A series of map construction assignments; a specialized map assignment supported by written analysis. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

  • GEOG 5402 - Field Course  4 credit hours  

    GEOG 5402 - Field Course

    4 credit hours

    Supervised study in some geographical area, preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and cultural elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the pattern of human occupancy. An intensive period of study and research on a full-time basis. Work required will depend on area researched and time involved. Consult department chair for specific fees.

  • GEOG 5430 - Geography of Europe

    3 credit hours

    General distribution of natural and cultural features of Europe followed by a detailed study of the regions and countries of the southern, central, and northwestern parts of the continent. Policy analysis of a European-oriented problem.

  • PGEO 5401 - Field Studies in Physical Geography

    4 credit hours

    Supervised study in some geographical area, preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and cultural elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the pattern of human occupancy. An intensive period of study and research on a full-time basis. Work required will depend on area researched and time involved. Consult department chair for specific fees.

  • PGEO 5490 - Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  

    PGEO 5490 - Remote Sensing

    4 credit hours

    Various vehicles of remote sensing such as radar, satellite imagery, and infrared data. Use of data in preparation of maps and applications to land use and environmental problems examined. Selection of data from either a numeric or image remote sensing system, interpreting, and developing a report from the interpretations. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

  • PGEO 5510 - Laboratory Problems in Remote Sensing

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 4490 or PGEO 5490. Computer processing of selected satellite imagery. Laboratory will provide practical experience through design, execution, and completion of applied remote sensing projects, one of which will be the effects of an environmental impact.

  • PGEO 5520 - Image Interpretation

    4 credit hours

    Principles, methods, and techniques of image interpretation including maps, satellite data, and aerial photos. Environmental impact of a special project. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

  • PGEO 5560 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 4530 or PGEO 5530. Lecture and laboratory work related to the principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Continued training in GIS analysis including raster analysis, spatial analysis, network analysis, and geocoding. Data management including data editing, geodatabase design, and creation also examined. Other topics include resource management, demographic, and civic application. Three hours lecture per week.

  • PGEO 5570 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PGEO 4560 or PGEO 5560. Use of geographic information systems, computer programming, and database operations to analyze geodata. Study of geographic areas recently modified by natural or human phenomena to acquire relevant data, use appropriate spatial statistics, and make inferences about the transformative process and/or the future state of the study area. Presentation of findings in both map and report form. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 5000 - Petrology and Petrography

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Theories of formation and evolution based upon mineralogical and geochemical evidence. Examination and classification of rocks in hand sample and thin section. Additional assignments involving data analysis and interpretation and completion of a research paper required for graduate credit. Lecture and laboratory.

  • GEOL 5020 - Geomorphic Regions of the United States

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 1030/1031 or 1040/1041. The origin, regional distribution, and geomorphic features and history of the landforms of the United States. Students required to analyze maps, structure sections, and aerial photography to determine geomorphic form and the forces and processes that produced these forms plus research a geomorphic problem resulting in a thesis-type paper. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 5030 - Invertebrate Micropaleontology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 1050. Invertebrate and microscopic animal life of the past including recent preserved representatives and their ancient fossilized ancestors. Numerous field trips to local fossil-collecting sites. Designed to aid in the preparation of earth science teachers, geologists, and biologists. Research paper on a topic approved by instructor. An oral presentation of this material may be required. Lecture and laboratory

  • GEOL 5040 - Engineering Geology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/1031 or GEOL 1040/1041 or equivalent; MATH 1720 and MATH 1710 or MATH 1730. Principles and applications of geology in engineering practice. Engineering geology exploration, behavior of soils and rocks for engineering projects, application of engineering geology to the solution of construction and environmental problems. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 5050 - Meteorology  3 credit hours  

    GEOL 5050 - Meteorology

    3 credit hours

    Physical laws as they relate to the atmosphere, atmospheric processes and their effects on air masses, fronts, and atmospheric circulation, the dynamics of the atmosphere and its relationship to the hydrosphere. Special problem to be assigned by the instructor.

  • GEOL 5060 - Principles of Geoscience

    4 credit hours

    Includes topics from geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Specifically designed to aid in the preparation of earth science teachers in the public schools. Term paper on topic approved by the instructor. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 5070 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1050 and 3000 or consent of instructor. Sedimentary rocks; the processes of sedimentation, the alteration of sediments through time, and an examination of the resulting stratigraphic units. For geoscience majors and those with interests in soil mechanics and civil engineering. Research paper on a topic approved by the instructor. An oral presentation may also be required. Lecture and laboratory.

  • GEOL 5080 - Structural Geology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/1031 or 1040/1041; GEOL 3040. Orientation and deformation of rock. Geometric, analytical, and statistical solutions to structural problems. Emphasis on three-dimensional visualization, problem solving, geological map interpretation, and the mechanics of deformation. Case analyzing, research, and interpretation required. Lecture and laboratory.

  • GEOL 5100 - Geophysical Prospecting

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/2011 or 2110/2111, or consent of instructor. PHYS 2020/2021 or 2120/2121, GEOL 1030/1031 or 1040/1041, and MATH 1920 also recommended. Survey of seismic, gravimetric, and magnetic/electrical exploration methods. Applied course covering some elementary theory, basic field practice, computation fundamentals, interpretation techniques. Case analysis, research, and interpretation required. Two-hour lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 5130 - Hydrogeology  5 credit hours  

    GEOL 5130 - Hydrogeology

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/1031 or 1040/1041; GEOL 1050;  or consent of instructor. Basic processes and measurement of the hydrologic cycle, including precipitation, evaporation, surface runoff, stream flow, soil moisture, and ground water. Emphasis placed on ground water, including geology of occurrence, principles of flow, conceptual models of regional flow, chemistry and quality, well hydraulics, aquifer characteristics, resource development, detection of pollutants, and contaminant transport. Additional individual research project required, including a written and classroom report. Lecture and laboratory.

  • GEOL 5140 - Inorganic Geochemistry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Principles of inorganic geochemistry. Geochemistry of the earth and solar system, isotope geochronometers, thermodynamics of geochemical processes, mineral stability diagrams, isotope fractionation, rates of geochemical processes, chemical weathering, chemical compositions of surface and groundwater, geochemical exploration, geochemical cycles, environmental geochemistry. Additional assignments involving data analysis and interpretation and completion of a research paper required for graduate credit. Three-hour lecture per week.

  • GEOL 5150 - Environmental Applications of Hydrogeology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 4130 or GEOL 5130. Advanced course that emphasizes applied methods for assessing hazardous and solid waste facilities and contaminated ground water remediation techniques. Included will be site characterization methods, ground water sampling procedures, and monitoring well installation techniques. Additional assignments involving case history analysis with an oral presentation will be required of graduate students. Three hours lecture per week.

  • GEOL 5401 - Field Course  4 credit hours  

    GEOL 5401 - Field Course

    4 credit hours

    Supervised study in some geological area preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and physical elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the geomorphology and geology of scientific areas. An intensive period of study and research on a full-time basis. Work required will depend on area researched and time involved. Consult department chair for specific fees.

  • GEOL 5402 - Field Course  4 credit hours  

    GEOL 5402 - Field Course

    4 credit hours

    Supervised study in some geological area preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and physical elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the geomorphology and geology of scientific areas. An intensive period of study and research on a full-time basis. Work required will depend on area researched and time involved. Consult department chair for specific fees.

  • INFS 6500 - IT Project Management Planning and Implementation

    3 credit hours

    Planning and implementation issues such as project planning and selection, portfolio management, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, change management, and leadership. Includes a substantial emphasis on organizational and people issues in project management.

  • INFS 6510 - IT Project Risk Assessment and Control

    3 credit hours

    Elements involved in identifying and mitigating IT project risks. Offers preparation to monitor project progress, identify and quantify the impact of risks, evaluate the degree to which a program is troubled, and apply appropriate decision strategies to problematic situations.

  • INFS 6520 - IT Project Management Case Studies

    3 credit hours

    Integrates all areas of IT project management into a coherent analysis. Covers topics, situations, and problems using case study techniques. Includes the development of project management software skills.

  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Previous coursework or experience in systems analysis. Practical explanation of the total systems concept and a knowledge of systems development. Addresses the entire development cycle including analysis, design, and implementation. Includes an emphasis on project management.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the candidate intends to graduate.

Suggested Curriculum - Full Time

Fall Year 1 (9 credits)  Spring Year 1 (9 credits)
  • Core Course: BCEN 6820 or ACTG 6100 (3 credits)
  • Core Course: STAT 5140 Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • STAT 6602 Problems in Statistics, Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • Core Course: MGMT 6740 (3 credits)
  • STAT 6020 Introduction to Biostatistics (1 credit)
  • STAT 6602 Problems in Statistics, Regression Analysis - Logistic Regression (1 credit)
  • STAT 6603 Problems in Statistics, Nonparametric Statistics (even year springs) (4 credits)

    OR

  • STAT 6604 Problems in Statistics, Experimental Design (odd year springs) (4 credits)
Fall Year 2 (9 credits)  Spring Year 2 (6 credits)
  • Core Course: BCEN 6820 or ACTG 6100 (Select the course not previously completed in the first term) (3 credits)
  • STAT 6160 Statistics (3 credits)
  • STAT 6510 Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)
  • BCEN 6910 Internship (3 credits)
  • STAT 6180 Statistical Inference (3 credits)
  • STAT 6520 Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)


Suggested Curriculum - Part Time

Fall Year 1 (7 credits)  Spring Year 1 (6 credits)
  • Core Course: BCEN 6820 or ACTG 6100 (3 credits)
  • STAT 5140 Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning (Core, 3 credits)
  • STAT 6020 Introduction to Biostatistics (1 credit)
  • Core Course: MGMT 6740 (3 credits)
  • STAT 6603 Problems in Statistics, Nonparametric Statistics (3 credits, even year springs)

    OR

  • STAT 6604 Problems in Statistics, Experimental Design (3 credits, odd year springs)
Fall Year 2 (6 credits)  Spring Year 2 (5-6 credits)
  • STAT 6160 Statistics (3 credits)
  • STAT 6602 Problems in Statistics, Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 6180 Statistical Inference (3 credits)
  • Approved Elective(s) as needed to total 21 hours in Biostatistics Concentration
FALL YEAR 3 (6 CREDITS) SPRING YEAR 3 (5-6 CREDITS)
  • Core Course: BCEN 6820 or ACTG 6100 (3 credits)
  • STAT 6510 Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)
  • BCEN 6910 Internship (3 credits)
  • STAT 6520 Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)

Contact and Student Information

Clay Harris
Geosciences Coordinator
Clay.Harris@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8019


Dr. Saeed Foroudastan
Program Director
Saeed.Foroudastan@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7618

Clay Harris
Geosciences Coordinator
Clay.Harris@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8019

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 9
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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