What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

36 credit hours are required.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
  • Priority Deadline – February 15
  • Regular Deadline – April 1
  • Late Deadline – June 1
Spring and Summer Semesters
  • Priority Deadline – October 1
  • Regular Deadline – November 1

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.

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.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

36 credit hours are required.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
  • Priority Deadline – February 15
  • Regular Deadline – April 1
  • Late Deadline – June 1
Spring and Summer Semesters
  • Priority Deadline – October 1
  • Regular Deadline – November 1

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.

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.

Program Details

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

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work in geology.
  • A statement of educational or career goals.
  • A bachelor’s degree in geology or other physical science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in fields other than geology are also welcome but are expected to take the Foundational courses listed below.
  • Foundation coursework (0-46 hours).

These courses are assigned as part of the admission process. They can be exempted if equivalent work has been completed with grades of C or higher. Note: Field Geology requirement may be satisfied by presenting evidence of supervised field work in Geology performed at the upper-division undergraduate level. Graduate students who are required to take the Geology Foundation courses should take them at the graduate level (i.e., 6000 and higher) if available.

  1. Geology (0-26 hours)
    • Geol 1121K Introductory Geosciences I (4)
    • Geol 1222K Introductory Geosciences II (4)
    • Geol 3002 Introduction to Earth Materials (4)
    • Geol 4006 Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy (4)
    • Geol 4013 Structural Geology (4)
    • Geol 4120 Basic Field Geology (3) and
    • Geol 4121 Advanced Field Geology (3)
  2. Allied Disciplines (0-20 hours)
    • Calculus: Math 2211 (4) and Math 2212 (4)
    • Physics: Phys 1111K (4) or Phys 2211K (4)
    • Chemistry: Chem 1211K (4) and Chem 1212K (4)

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

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.

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.

Description

Contacts

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

Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
Email: geosciences@gsu.edu

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

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Place NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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