Master of Science in Geoenvironmental Studies
Employers in the field increasingly recognize the need for broadly trained environmental scientists who can bridge the gap between the social science (geography, planning, land use) and physical
science (geology, hydrology, geomorphology) aspects of natural systems. To this end, the master’s program in geoenvironmental sciences is designed to produce broadly trained scientists with a holistic understanding of the environment, with an emphasis on geotechnology (GIS and GPS) and practical experience (field research, internships).
The thesis option is available for those students who plan to continue their education or who are interested in developing a research topic.
Graduates of the program are at every level of government, teaching at every level of education, and working with many types of consulting firms and industry. They hold positions such as physical scientist, environmental planner, conservationist, city planner, senior hydrogeologist, solid waste planner, GIS manager, and environmental scientist. Others pursue a doctorate in preparation for college teaching or positions in public or private enterprises.
To be eligible to pursue a master of science degree in geoenvironmental studies, you must:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for your undergraduate studies;
- And you must have completed:
- 12 undergraduate credit hours in geography, or
- 12 undergraduate credit hours in earth science, or
- combined total of 18 undergraduate credit hours in the two fields, or
- 15 undergraduate credit hours in the social sciences (including 6 hours in geography) and 15 undergraduate credit hours in the natural sciences (including 6 hours in the earth sciences).
If you lack the required undergraduate credit hours, you may be granted conditional admission. After
you complete the necessary undergraduate credits and have successfully completed 6 hours of graduate
study, you will be granted full admission.