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Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

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This program is offered in Durham.

 

Degree Offered: M.S., Ph.D.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers the master of science degree in Earth sciences with options in geology, ocean mapping, and a specialization in geochemical systems. The department also offers the master of science degree in hydrology, and a master of science and a Ph.D. in oceanography. A Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences is offered through the Natural Resources and Earth System Science Program. Graduate students in the department may conduct research through the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping.

The geology option is intended for students with interests in petrology, mineralogy, structural geology, tectonics, geophysics, sedimentation, glacial geology, paleoclimate, glaciology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy, paleontology, low- or high-temperature geochemistry, and isotope geochemistry.

The ocean mapping option is intended for students with interests in hydrography and hydrographic survey technology.

The geochemical systems specialization is intended for students with interests in all aspects of geochemistry: bedrock, sediment, water, ice, and air with particular emphasis on interpreting and modeling the interaction of these media (e.g., biogeochemistry, air quality, and climate change).

The hydrology degree is intended for students with interests in fluvial processes, global-scale hydrology, groundwater hydrology, hydroclimatology, surface-water hydrology, water quality, and quantitative hydrology.

 


Admission Requirements

An applicant to the M.S. program is expected to have completed one year of calculus and at least four semesters of college chemistry, physics, and/or biology; and to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or the biological sciences. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the GRE. Students lacking some background in a particular area may be admitted provided they are prepared to complete courses, without graduate credit, in which they may be deficient. The program of study a student wishes to follow and the student's undergraduate major determine the level of preparation necessary. The preparation of each student is determined before the beginning of the first semester in residence in order to plan the course of study. Each entering student is assigned an academic adviser to assist in planning a program of study.


Degree Requirements

Students in the M.S. programs are required to complete the core curriculum for their respective areas. Students in the thesis option must satisfactorily complete at least 30 credits, which include the credits accumulated in the core curriculum. Students in this option must complete a master's thesis (6 credits) and give an oral presentation of the results. 

Students in the non-thesis option must satisfactorily complete at least 34 credits, which includes the core curriculum, a 2-credit directed research project (ESCI 898), and a written and oral presentation of that research.

Geology
The core curriculum for the option in geology normally includes at least three courses from 825, Igneous Petrology; 826, Metamorphic Petrology; 834, Geophysics; 841, Geochemistry; 845, Isotope Geochemistry; 854, Sedimentology; 859, Geological Oceanography; and 862, Glacial Geology. Students are also required to take 997, Seminar in Earth Sciences (1 cr. first year), and 998, Proposal Development (1 cr. first year).

Ocean Mapping
The core curriculum for the option in ocean mapping normally includes 858, Introductory Physical Oceanography; 859, Geological Oceanography; 871, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping; 872, Research Tools for Ocean Mapping; 874, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I; 875, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II; Math 831, Math for Geodesy; 972, Hydrographic Field Course; 997, Seminar in Earth Sciences (1 cr. first year); and 998, Proposal Development (1 cr. first year). For this option, a total of 36 credits, including thesis or directed research project, is normally required.

Students may fulfill the Category A (professional) International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Association (FIG/IHO) Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors by completing some additional specialized requirements. For more information, please visit the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping website, www.ccom.unh.edu.

Geochemical Systems
The core curriculum for the specialization in geochemical systems normally includes three courses from 841, Geochemistry; 846, Analytical Geochemistry; 847, Aqueous Geochemistry; 852, Chemical Oceanography; 864, Data Analysis in Earth System Science; EOS/NR 844, Biogeochemistry; ESCI/EOS 815, Global Atmospheric Chemistry; ESCI 845, Isotope Geochemistry. Students are also required to take 997, Seminar in Earth Sciences (1 cr. first year); and 998, Proposal Development (1 cr. first year).

Hydrology
The core curriculum for the major in hydrology normally includes 805, Principles of Hydrology; 810, Groundwater Hydrology; 997, Seminar in Earth Sciences (1 cr. first year); and 998, Proposal Development (1 cr. first year).

In each of the options listed above, additional electives are to be selected from 800- and 900-level courses in the department and/or from courses numbered 700 and above in related disciplines outside of the department (e.g., natural resources, civil engineering, chemistry, zoology). More detailed information is available from the department.

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 (www.ccomjhc.unh.edu/index.php?p_&page=education.php#certificate) or e-mail info@ccom.unh.edu at the Center of Coastal and Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center.

Applying
Please visit the Graduate School PBACC site (www.gradschool.unh.edu/pbacc.html) for detailed instructions about applying to the certificate program.

Certificate Requirements
ESCI/OE 871, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping (4 cr)
ESCI/OE 872, Research Tools for Ocean Mapping (3 cr)
MATH 831, Math for Geodesy (3 cr)
ESCI/OE 874, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I (4 cr)
ESCI/OE 875, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II (4 cr)
ESCI/OE 972, Hydrographic Field Course (4 cr)
OE 677, Seamanship & Marine Weather (P/F)
ESCI 896, Coastal Remote Sensing (3 cr) for the optional Remote Sensing specialty