Master of Science in Geosciences
The Department offers the Master of Science in Geosciences with a Geography concentration. Students seeking this degree and concentration are offered a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professionals careers. Areas of specialization include: urban studies, geospatial technologies, or physical geography/environmental studies. Further information concerning specific courses applicable to each of these specializations is available in the departmental publication, Guide to Graduate Studies in Geosciences, which may be obtained from the department.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program with a Geology concentration in the Department of Geosciences offers a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professionals careers. Both thesis and non-thesis option programs are offered. The non-thesis option is normally selected within the first year of study. Research efforts are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics. Thirty-six hours are required for completion of this degree.
The M.S. Geosciences – Water Sciences concentration is a customizable, interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of water-related fields or for pursuit of doctoral studies. The degree is rooted in a core curriculum of surface and groundwater hydrology that equips students with a foundational understanding of scientific hydrology. An array of elective courses allows students to develop specific strengths in quantitative and computational methods and/or socio-economic aspects of water utilization and governance. Our interdisciplinary department within a diverse, expanding research institution offers unique advantages for development of a strong foundation in water sciences. GSU’s location in downtown Atlanta provides access to government agencies at local, state, and federal levels, nonprofit organizations, private industry, and a wealth of environmental and technical consulting firms. Teaching assistantships are available that provide a full tuition waiver and modest stipend.
Additional Admission Requirements Geography Concentration
In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geosciences has the following admission requirements for the Geography Concentration:
- Applicants to the M.S. degree program in Geosciences with Geography concentration must submit three letters of recommendation from professional sources.
- A statement of educational/career goals.
In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geosciences has the following admission requirements for the Geology Concentration:
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work in Geology.
- A statement of educational or career goals.
- A bachelor’s degree in Geology or other physical science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in fields other than Geology are also welcome but are expected to take the Foundational courses listed below.
- Foundation coursework (0-46 hours)
- These courses are assigned as part of the admission process. They can be exempted if equivalent work has been completed with grades of C or higher. Note: Field Geology requirement may be satisfied by presenting evidence of supervised field work in Geology performed at the upper-division undergraduate level. Graduate students who are required to take the Geology Foundation courses should take them at the graduate level (i.e., 6000 and higher) if available.
- Geology (0-26 hours)
- Geol 1121K Introductory Geosciences I (4)
- Geol 1222K Introductory Geosciences II (4)
- Geol 3002 Introduction to Earth Materials (4)
- Geol 4006 Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy (4)
- Geol 4013 Structural Geology (4)
- Geol 4120 Basic Field Geology (3) and
- Geol 4121 Advanced Field Geology (3)
- Allied Disciplines (0-20 hours)
- Calculus: Math 2211 (4) and Math 2212 (4)
- Physics: Phys 1111K (4) or Phys 2211K (4)
- Chemistry: Chem 1211K (4) and Chem 1212K (4)
Water Sciences Concentration
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work in Water Sciences.
- A statement of educational, research, and/or career goals.
- A bachelor’s degree in geography, geology, or related field.
- Foundational coursework. These courses are normally expected to have been completed as part of the applicant’s undergraduate education. However, students may be accepted under Special Status, with the condition that this coursework is completed as part of their graduate study:
- Minimum 1 semester of calculus
- Minimum 1 semester of physics
- Minimum 1 semester of chemistry
- 2 semesters of introductory physical geography or geology
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