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 Hydrogeology.  For information on the recommended curriculum for these concentrations, see the sections below.

Tectonics  |  Hydrogeology

  
 

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, and Structural Geology, 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:

 
Course Units
Sedimentary Basins 4
Structural Geology 4
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
Sedimentary Petrology 4
Seminar (on a topic in tectonics and/or geophysics) 2
Research 2
Thesis 4
Electives (chosen with advisor's approval) 6
TOTAL 30
 
 

Hydrogeology


 The Pacific OceanThe following courses are strongly recommended to give the student adequate preparation for a career in hydrogeology.

 

 

 

 

 

Background Courses (To be Completed at the Beginning of Study):

  • Math through ordinary differential equations
  • Fluid Mechanics - ME 111

Coursework:

  • Hydrogeology - Geol 138
  • Engineering Geology - Geol 140
  • Advanced Hydrogeology - Geol 238
  • Advanced Engineering Geology - Geol 220
  • Advanced Sedimentary Geology - Geol 222, or
  • Advanced Geomorphology - Geol 234

Electives (Selection to be Based Upon the Area of Special Interest to Student):

  • Hazardous Materials - Geol 174
  • Geochemistry - Geol 135
  • Partial Differential Equations - Math 133B
  • Engineering Hydrology - CE 152
  • Groundwater, Seepage, and Drainage Control - CE 241
  • Water Resources Engineering - CE 250
  • Advanced Hydrology - CE 252
  • Water Quality - CE 270
  • Industrial & Hazardous Waste Management & Treatment - CE274
  • Numerical Methods - ME 270
  • Finite Element Methods - ME 273