Graduate Program

Graduate Degrees Offered

M.S. Programs

The Department of Earth Sciences offers Master of Science degrees in Earth Sciences with concentrations in Geology, Hydrology, Oceanography, Ocean Mapping, and Geochemical Systems. Thesis and non-thesis options are available for all degrees. The core curriculum differs somewhat among degrees. Select a degree below for more information.

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Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences is offered through the interdisciplinary Natural Resources and Earth System Science program. This program offers students interested in Earth sciences (e.g. geology, oceanography, ocean mapping, hydrology, climate science, or geochemical systems) an opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. degree that is tailored to their interests. No specific core curriculum is given for the Ph.D. program, as the necessary preparation will vary according to the history of each individual student. All Ph.D. students are expected to consult regularly with their advisors and guidance committees to determine appropriate coursework and research topics.

Certificate in Ocean Mapping

The program goal is to provide advanced graduate training to working professionals in the area of ocean mapping. These professionals will come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from earth science, geology, and biology to engineering. The graduate certificate in ocean mapping is awarded for completion of the core courses and associated practicum. The graduate certificate program fulfills the Category A International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Association (FIG/IHO/ICA) Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors. For more information, please visit the ocean mapping website or contact the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center at Please visit the Graduate School website for instructions about applying to the certificate program.

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