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Program Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science in Earth Science must take a minimum of 32 credits. Students may choose to write a thesis or to take a comprehensive examination.

To ensure both the quality of the education and serving student interests, students are required to meet with and obtain the approval of the program advisor in planning their courses of study.

Required Courses (credits)

ERS 513 The Earth Environment I (4)
ERS 514 The Earth Environment II (4)

Elective Courses (credits)

AST 501 Spherical and Elliptical Astronomy (3)
ERS/GGR 501 Mapping Environmental Data with GIS (3)
ERS/GGR 502 GIS Applications (3)
ERS/GGR 515 Principles of Meteorology (3)
ERS/GGR 522 Natural Disasters (3)
ERS/GLY 529 Global Climate Change (3)
ERS 535 Field Studies in Earth Science (1-3)
GGR 518 Topics in Applied Conservation (3)
GGR 535 Field Studies in Geography (1-3)
GLY 502 History of the Earth (3)
GLY 510 Oceanography (3)
GLY 511 Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics (3)
GLY 513 Marine Geology (3-4)
GLY 514 Marine Sedimentary Environments (3)
GLY 516 Physical Oceanography (3)
GLY 517 Geomorphic Processes (3)
GLY 518 Groundwater Geology (3)
GLY 519 Coral Reef Geology (3)
GLY 520 Sedimentary Geology (3)
GLY 521 Stratigraphy (3)
GLY 523 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
GLY 526 Earth Materials (3)
GLY 533 Methods of Field Geology for Earth Science Teachers (3)
GLY 535 Field Studies in Geology (1-3)

Students who choose the thesis option will take two courses:
ERS 707 Thesis Research (3)
ERS 708 Thesis (3)

Students who do not choose the thesis option will take two courses from the choice of electives and are required to pass a comprehensive examination. If a student does not pass the comprehensive examination, he or she, at the discretion of the Department, may take the examination a second time. If the student fails a second time, the student may not receive the degree.