Master of Science -- Geology
The Geology MS involves advanced study, and has a focus on original research. The program
prerequisite is the completion of a BS or BA in geology or other geosciences-related or engineering
program. 30 credits of graduate work are required for the MS degree. The recommended distribution is 20
credits of coursework and 10 credits of thesis.
Master of Science --- Applied Environmental Geoscience (non-Thesis)
The Applied Environmental Geoscience MS degree is a terminal degree program, requiring a combination
of advanced courses selected from Geology offerings, as well as additional courses relating broadly to
the Geosciences. The AEG-MS degree is also offered both through USU’s Regional Campuses and
Distance Education program. A total of 32 credit hours is required for the AEG MS. The recommended
distribution is 29 credits of coursework and 3 credits of thesis. Program Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree in
Geology, Earth Science, or related science discipline.
Doctor of Philosophy -- Geology
The Doctor of Philosophy in Geology requires original research in a specific area of geology, and
demonstration of broad knowledge in the field of geology. It is preferred that students enter the program
with an MS already completed. Requirements include: 1) completing 42 credits beyond your MS; 2)
passing a set of comprehensive examinations showing depth and breadth of knowledge in geology and
the student’s area(s) of emphasis; 3) completing a Dissertation research proposal; and 4) completing and
defending a written Dissertation, which may consist of papers for publication.
Although not strictly an admission requirement, individual students may need to complete specific
undergraduate coursework to prepare them for their graduate program. The seven preparatory core
courses generally expected by the Department of Geology are:
- Introductory or Physical Geology with laboratory
- Minerals and Rocks (Earth Materials)
- Historical Geology
- Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
- Structural Geology
- Field Methods or experience
Decisions about any exceptions to these core prerequisites in a student’s graduate program are made by
a student's Advisory Committee in their first meeting. MS-AEG (plan-B) students are expected to have 4
of the 7 core classes.