Applied Environmental Geoscience: MS
The MS in applied environmental geoscience is a broadly-utilized degree program that emphasizes interdisciplinary coursework and thought. This terminal degree program requires a combination of advanced courses selected from geology offerings, as well as additional courses from other units on campus, enabling students to complement traditional geology courses with courses in soils, watershed, and engineering in order to acquire a competitive background to obtain employment in the environmental fields. This degree is for students interested in studying the geosciences, having a multidisciplinary degree, and going on to careers in environmental fields.
The program offers two distinct focuses.
- Energy Track: This track prepares participants for careers in the energy extractive industries, such as petroleum/natural gas, and coal.
- Environmental Track: The environmental track is tailored for land managers, and those in the environmental assessment and remediation fields.
The Geology Department is one of the oldest departments at Utah State. It fosters a friendly environment where students are able to interact with faculty and receive specialized attention in their research.
Because USU’s applied environmental geoscience program is designated as a Western Regional Graduate Program, students from participating western states qualify for in-state tuition. For more information, visit Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
USU Department of Geology:
Applied Environmental Geoscience - MS
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students receive the MS by pursuing the following plan option:
- The Plan B option, which requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.
Students must have a bachelor's degree in geology, earth science, or any related science discipline. Occasionally, students may need to take one or two prerequisite courses to make up for deficiencies in their undergraduate transcripts. These courses, if needed, will be decided upon by the advisor and graduate committee of the student.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
International students have additional admissions requirements.
The department typically funds all of its graduate students with research assistantships and occasionally other types of assistantships.
A limited number of scholarships are available through the Geology Department. These change from year to year depending on available funding, so contact the department to see what is currently available.
A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
Graduates in applied environmental geoscience can pursue careers in the following industries:
- Energy (oil, gas, coal, geothermal)
- Government agencies
- Environmental consulting
- Natural hazards assessment (earthquakes, landslide, etc.)
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