Geosciences M.S. in Professional Science

The Geosciences M.S. degree program prepares students from a variety of backgrounds for careers as geoscientists in both the private sector and in government agencies.

  • 36 credit hour program, can be completed in less than 2 years

  • Geospatial Research Lab – research work in areas such geographic information systems, remote sensing, watershed modeling, spatial analysis, and more

  • Access to modern software and teaching technologies

  • 3 Tracks to choose from:  Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Geosystems, or General Geoscience

As a Master of Science in Professional Science (MSPS) degree, the Geosciences M.S. combines leading-edge, advanced science classes with graduate-level business management courses designed to enhance career success.  Instead of a thesis, students complete a complex, capstone internship.  Over 70% of our MSPS students receive job offers from their internship.  

New:  now in the Academic Common Market with Alabama!  See here for details.    

Contact

For more information, or to set up an appointment to discuss this program, contact  Dr. Henrique Momm, Geosciences Program Coordinator.  

Program Requirements

Students must be accepted in to the Master of Science in Professional Science program. Candidates must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required Business Core Courses – all MSPS students (15 hours)

  • ACTG 6100 - Accounting and Legal Issues for Managers  3 credit hours  
  • BCED 6820 - Managerial Communication  3 credit hours  
  • BCED 6910 - Internship Program*  3 credit hours 
  • MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation  3 credit hours  
  • STAT 5140 - Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning  3 credit hours  

Track: Geographic Information Systems

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

  • GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium  2 credit hours  (required for all tracks)
  • PGEO 5560 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems  3 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5570 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems  3 credit hours  
  • PGEO 6040 - Geospatial Systems and Applications  4 credit hours  
  • PGEO 6050 - Programming for Geospatial Database Applications  3 credit hours  
  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management  3 credit hours  

One of the following:

  • INFS 6500 - IT Project Management Planning and Implementation  3 credit hours  
  • INFS 6510 - IT Project Risk Assessment and Control  3 credit hours  
  • INFS 6520 - IT Project Management Case Studies  3 credit hours  

Track: Environmental Geosystems

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

  • GEOL 6030 - Geosciences Colloquium  2 credit hours  (required for all tracks)
  • PGEO 6040 - Geospatial Systems and Applications  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5040 - Engineering Geology  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 6000 - Environmental Geosystems  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 6010 - Case Studies in Environmental Geosystems  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 6020 - Advanced Hydrogeology  3 credit hours  

One of the following:

  • PLSO 5340 - Soil Formation and Remediation  3 credit hours  
  • PLSO 5350 - Soil Survey and Land Use  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5150 - Environmental Applications of Hydrogeology  3 credit hours  

Track: General Geosciences

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

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

At least 12 hours from the following:

  • PGEO 6040 - Geospatial Systems and Applications  4 credit hours  
  • PGEO 6050 - Programming for Geospatial Database Applications  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 6000 - Environmental Geosystems  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 6010 - Case Studies in Environmental Geosystems  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 6020 - Advanced Hydrogeology  3 credit hours  

No more than 7 hours from the following:

  • GEOG 5320 - Economic Geography  3 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5330 - Political Geography  3 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5340 - Historical Geography  3 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5370 - Urban Geography  3 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5420 - Geography of Latin America  3 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5380 - Cartography  4 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5402 - Field Course  4 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5410 - Geography of the United States and Canada  3 credit hours  
  • GEOG 5430 - Geography of Europe  3 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5401 - Field Studies in Physical Geography  4 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5490 - Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5510 - Laboratory Problems in Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5520 - Image Interpretation  4 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5560 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems  3 credit hours  
  • PGEO 5570 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5000 - Petrology and Petrography  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5020 - Geomorphic Regions of the United States  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5030 - Invertebrate Micropaleontology  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5040 - Engineering Geology  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5050 - Meteorology  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5060 - Principles of Geoscience  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5070 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5080 - Structural Geology  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5100 - Geophysical Prospecting  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5130 - Hydrogeology  5 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5140 - Inorganic Geochemistry  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5150 - Environmental Applications of Hydrogeology  3 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5401 - Field Course  4 credit hours  
  • GEOL 5402 - Field Course  4 credit hours  
  • INFS 6500 - IT Project Management Planning and Implementation  3 credit hours  
  • INFS 6510 - IT Project Risk Assessment and Control  3 credit hours  
  • INFS 6520 - IT Project Management Case Studies  3 credit hours  
  • INFS 6710 - IT Systems Development Project Management  3 credit hours  

*BCED 6910 may only be taken in the second-to-last or final semester of study, after the student has completed at least 21 hours of coursework and BCED 6820.  

For more information, please visit the catalog page for the Geosciences M.S.

 

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