Graduate Program Information

Studying Desert RocksInterested in applying for the Geology Department's Graduate Program? Check out our Graduate Applications webpage!

The Master of Science (M.S.) curriculum provides graduates with advanced training in geology, culminating in the completion of an independent research thesis project. The academic curriculum and extensive faculty expertise provide the opportunity for study in many areas of geology, with a particular emphasis on applied geology and tectonics. Graduates are employed as geologists, engineering geologists, hydrogeologists, hydrologists, geophysicists, environmental managers in engineering, geological, geophysical, and environmental consulting firms, and as geologists in the mining and petroleum industries. Graduates also pursue careers with research agencies, local and state government, and teaching institutions.

Informal Concentrations are also offered by the department to graduate students. Currently, we offer concentrations in Geomorphology and Tectonics. These are not formal concentrations, however students who are interested are still encouraged to discuss further with the department's Graduate Advisor.

The Department of Geology has facilities and laboratories for various types of research in engineering geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, mineralogy, paleontology, petrology, sedimentology, and structural geology. In addition, the department maintains two thin-section laboratories, a map library, a mineral museum, and three on-campus groundwater wells. Additional support equipment includes: Trimble-GPS equipment and software, infrared spectrometer, gravimeter, magnetometer, Sedigraph, a Wilfley Table, and a host of rock saws and crushers. Students have access to an instructional PC laboratory with geologic software (including ArcGIS) and word processing software.

For a few additional resources, please see our Current Student Resources webpage.

If you plan to graduate within the next year, please attend a graduation workshop with COS advising