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M.S. Earth & Quaternary Sciences

Master of Science Degree Options
M.S. Thesis
M.S. Non-Thesis (Culminating Experience)

Horseshoe LakeThe M.S. Program includes exciting interdisciplinary courses and research options as well as providing students with a strong background in geology and the geosciences.  The Program emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning in the field and in the lab, and focuses on applied, interdisciplinary research in Earth and Quaternary Sciences in the areas of environmental geology, geochemistry, geoarchaeology, biogeochemistry, oceanography, geomorphology, climatology, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, paleoceanography, dendrochronology, biogeography, plaeolimnology, and geobiology.  Faculty members also have expertise and teach courses in the more traditional areas of stratigraphy, petrology, geohydrology, volcanology, economic geology, remote sensing/GIS, and physical geography.

The M.S. Program is designed to provide students with the strong background needed to pursue careers with government and private geoscience agencies or to continue graduate studies at the Ph.D. level. 


  • Archeology
  • Climatology/Paleoclimatology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Diatoms
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Science
  • Geobiology
  • Geomorphology
  • GIS/Remote Sensing
  • Latin American Environments
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Mineral Deposits
  • Oceanography/Paleoceanography
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleolimnology
  • Quaternary Ecology
  • Soils
  • Unmanned Systems


  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose with a clear outline of your research goals and who you are interested in working with
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts - for transcript quesitons please email admisisons
  • If applicable English Test scores

Note: Official documents (transcripts, & test scores) are required.


Contact your department representative or request more program information.

All of our Masters Degree graduates have either obtained career-oriented jobs immediately upon graduation or have been accepted into graduate programs to pursue a Ph.D. in the geosciences.  Our M.S. Program will continue to build on this record of success.

How to Apply
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Contact Information

For more information about the M.S. Degree contact Jeffery Stone or Suzanne Walters

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems