Informal Concentrations in Geology

Although formal graduate concentrations are not offered, two informal concentrations have been developed for Master's students as a guide: Tectonics, and Geomorphology.  For information on the recommended curriculum for these concentrations, see the sections below.

Tectonics  |  Geomorphology

  


 

Tectonics

 

Student Exploring Low-Angle FaultsProgram

Interests embraced by the faculty within the field of tectonics range from modern to Paleozoic plate interactions, to the development of cratonal basins far from plate margins. Data from many fields of Geology, including Geochemistry, Geophysics, Marine Geology, Paleontology, Petrology, Sedimentology, Structural Geology, and Active Tectonics are being brought together in an attempt to understand tectonic processes and to unravel tectonic history, especially of regions around the Pacific Rim. The diversity of interests of the geologists involved and their field orientation are perhaps the program's most notable features. 

Example Course Schedule

A Master's degree in Geology may be attained by submitting a successfully completed program of 30 well-chosen units to the Department of Geology at San José State University. A recommended program of courses at the graduate level includes:

Suggested Electives Units
  • GEOL 122- Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
4
  • GEOL 125- Structural Geology
4
  • GEOL 214- Sedimentary Petrology and Petrography
4
  • GEOL 222- Advanced Sedimentary Geology
4
  • GEOL 285- Seminar (on a topic in tectonics and/or geophysics)
2
  • GEOL 298- Research
2
  • GEOL 299- Thesis
4

 


 

Geomorphology

 

Trees on hillslopeProgram

The following courses are strongly recommended to give the student adequate preparation for a career in Geomorphology and Tectonic Geomorphology.

 

 

Suggested Electives Units
  • GEOL 134- Geomorphology
4
  • GEOL 135- Geochemistry
4
  • GEOL 137- Introduction to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications
4
  • GEOL 138- Hydrogeology
4
  • GEOL 140- Principles of Engineering Geology
4
  • GEOL 143- Active Tectonics
4
  • GEOL 174- Hazardous Materials
3
  • GEOL 222- Advanced Sedimentary Geology
4
  • GEOL 234- Advanced Geomorphology
4
  • GEOL 237- Advanced GIS/GPS Mapping
4
  • GEOL 243- Advanced Active Tectonics
TBA
  • ME 111- Fluid Mechanics
3