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Applied Environmental Geoscience

Applied Environmental Geoscience: MS

Department: Geosciences Department
College: College of Science

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

Graduates in applied environmental geoscience can pursue careers in the following industries:

  • Energy (oil, gas, coal, geothermal)
  • Government agencies
  • Regulation
  • Environmental consulting
  • Natural hazards assessment (earthquakes, landslide, etc.)

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a Statewide Campuses advisor to verify program availability.

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