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We offer graduate degrees (MS and PhD) in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. All MS students are expected to pursue Option I (thesis). Both graduate degrees (MS and PhD) can be obtained with specializations in Geology, Meteorology-Climatology, Hydrogeology, Geoscience Education, Environmental Studies, and Great Plains Studies. A specialization in Water Resources Planning and Management can be obtained at the MS level.

Specializations

Geology

Students must complete an MS or PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. MS students must complete 20-24 hours of regular course work selected from the GEOL and GEOS graduate-level course lists and a thesis. PhD students must complete at least 32 hours of regular course work (12 after completion of the MS degree) selected from the GEOL and GEOS graduate-level course lists and a dissertation.

Meteorology/Climatology

Students must complete an MS or PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. MS students must complete 20-24 hours of regular course work selected from the Meteorology-Climatology course list and a thesis. PhD students must complete at least 32 hours of regular course work (12 after completion of the MS degree) selected from the METR and GEOS graduate course lists and a dissertation.

Hydrogeology

Students must complete an MS or PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. MS students must complete 20-24 hours of regular course work and a thesis. At least 14 hours must be selected from the Hydrogeology course list and at least 10 must be core courses in the Hydrogeology curriculum. PhD students must complete at least 32 hours of regular course work (12 after completion of the MS degree) with 16 hours selected from the Hydrogeology course list and a dissertation. Core courses include GEOL818, GEOL870, GEOL872, GEOL888, GEOL889, GEOL985, GEOL986, GEOL987, and GEOL988. Additional courses are offered jointly through other departments.

Geoscience Education

Students must complete an MS or PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Students who already completed an undergraduate and/or Master’s degree in Geoscience (according to National Research Council, this includes: Geology, Earth Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Ocean Science, Marine Science, and Environmental Science) or closely related field are eligible to pursue this interdisciplinary specialization. MS students must complete 20-24 hours of regular course work selected from the Geoscience, Educational Psychology, Teaching and Learning, and Psychology graduate-level course list. PhD students must complete at least 32 hours of regular course work (12 after completion of the MS degree) selected from the aforementioned graduate-level course list.

Great Plains Studies

Students are admitted to the specialization by the Great Plains Studies Specialization Advisory Committee after admission to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. MS students must take nine credit hours of Great Plains Studies courses outside the student's major department. PhD students must take 15 credit hours of Great Plains Studies courses outside the student's major department. The student's thesis or dissertation must be relevant to the Great Plains and at least one member of the Examining or Supervisory Committee must be a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Water Resources Planning and Management

Each MS student must complete nine hours of water resources-related courses from departments outside the student's major field and approved by the Water Resources Advisory Committee as well as a thesis oriented toward water resources planning and management.