The department offers graduate courses and research programs leading to the M.S. degree in Geology or Geophysics. Students are encouraged to obtain broad backgrounds by taking courses in geology, geophysics, and environmental geosciences along with the other sciences and mathematics. Multidisciplinary preparation is particularly useful for students seeking future employment in industry.
The department is housed in Devlin Hall and has additional research facilities at Weston Observatory. Students enjoy close working relationships with faculty while being able to undertake research using the most modern scientific equipment available. The department offers a number of Teaching and Research Assistantship positions for admitted students.
The program stresses a strong background in the earth sciences, as well as the ability to carry out research. It prepares students for successful careers as geoscientists in the environmental and engineering industries, oil and gas exploration or government service, or for continued studies toward a Ph.D. A particularly beneficial aspect of the M.S. program is the opportunity for students to integrate studies in geology, geophysics, and environmental subjects.
Upon completion of the M.Sc. in Geology or Geophysics, graduates should be able to:
- Conduct original, publishable research in the field.
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of earth processes.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a sub-discipline in the earth sciences.
- Demonstrate acquired skill in field or laboratory methods and application of appropriate quantitative methods.
- Write and speak effectively to professional and lay audiences about issues in the field.
- Teach effectively at the undergraduate level.