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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

36 credit hours are required.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

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Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer.

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Geosciences, M.S., Geology Concentration

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program with a Geology concentration offers a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professional careers. Thesis and capstone option programs are offered. Research efforts are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology and geoinformatics.

The Department of Geosciences is distinctive because it spans the social and physical dimensions of environmental and resource issues, with a special focus on urban communities.

Our faculty have expertise in the social and environmental dimensions of water, environmental geochemistry and global climate change. We are also expanding our Geographic Information Science research and teaching to better represent and describe the complexity of social and environmental concerns.

Joining forces with our students and community partners, we tackle the interrelated environmental and social challenges of the 21st century that involve the quality, quantity and sustainable use of our natural resources.

Program Highlights

Our interdisciplinary department is part of a diverse, expanding research university. Georgia State’s location in downtown Atlanta provides access to government agencies at local, state and federal levels, nonprofit organizations, private industry and a wealth of environmental and technical consulting firms.

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Program Details

Application Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geosciences has the following admission requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterheads from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work.
  • What fields, research areas or topics in Geosciences (Geography, Geology and/or Water Sciences) interest you and why? Which faculty members in our department do you see as potentially providing guidance in helping you to pursue graduate studies in these fields? (max 200 words)
  • In your graduate studies, what research approaches and methodologies (i.e. lab, field, modeling, interviews, ethnography, critical digital, GIS, etc.) are you most interested in working with? (max 200 words)
  • What professional and personal goals motivate you to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University? How will this program help you to achieve these goals? (max 200 words)
  • What preparation or experiences have you had that will help you succeed in this graduate program? Please feel free to include examples from outside educational and academic arenas. (max 300 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything in your academic record that is not representative of your potential success in graduate school? Have you had to overcome any hardships or obstacles in your development as a scholar that we should consider as we evaluate your application materials? If so, please feel free to provide any details that you wish to share. (max 200 words)
  • Brief (not more than 250 words) rationale explaining the preference for thesis or capstone track.

In addition to the above departmental requirements that apply to all applicants, concentration-specific requirements are outlined below.

Additional Admission Requirements – Geology Concentration

  1. A bachelor’s degree in geology, earth sciences, engineering or a related field.
  2. Foundational coursework: These courses are normally expected to have been completed as part of the applicant’s undergraduate education and completed with a grade of C or higher. However, students who are otherwise qualified may be accepted under Special Status, with the condition that this coursework is completed as part of their graduate study:
    • Minimum one semesters of calculus
    • Minimum one semester of physics
    • Minimum one semesters of chemistry
    • Minimum of two semesters of introductory geology or equivalent training
  3. For students seeking traditional disciplinary training in the field of Geology, who have aspirations of seeking Professional Geologist certification to work for a state or federal government, or for certain career pathways in industry, supplemental foundational coursework should include that listed below.  Note that these courses are in addition to the foundational courses outlined above in Section 2, and are also expected to have been completed as part of the applicant’s undergraduate education with a grade of C or higher. However, students who are otherwise qualified may be accepted under Special Status, with the condition that this coursework is completed as part of their graduate study. During the application process, prospective students can indicate their primary interests in their statement of goals and interests.  The graduate-admissions committee can then evaluate the students’ undergraduate coursework in light of their stated interests:
    • Minimum of one additional semester of calculus and/or statistics (2 semesters total)
    • Minimum of one additional semester of chemistry (2 semesters total)
    • Minimum of four additional courses of upper-level geology or equivalent training
    • Minimum of one semester of a field course in geology or equivalent training

Review the general requirements for applying to Graduate School at Georgia State.

The M.S. degree program with a Geology concentration in the Department of Geosciences offers a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professionals careers. Both thesis and non-thesis option programs are offered.

Research efforts in either thesis or capstone projects are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics.

For more details about the required coursework, consult the course catalog.

The department offers teaching assistantships to qualified applicants. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about research assistantship opportunities with faculty who match their research interests.

This customizable, interdisciplinary degree program allows students to develop quantitative and computational skills as they apply to a range of topics within geology including geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics.

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Careers

Students who pursue the Geology concentration find employment in environmental consulting, mining and energy resource industries, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and related opportunities that utilize foundational skills and knowledge in geology.

Contacts

Department of Geosciences
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Langdale Hall, Suite 730
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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