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Master's in: Applied Environmental Geoscience

Program Details

The Master of Science in Applied Environmental Geoscience program at Utah State University is a broadly utilized degree program that places emphasis on interdisciplinary coursework. These classes come from two main areas, Energy and Environmental. The program requires taking a combination of advanced courses from geology and other related areas.

In this program, students will combine traditional geology study with coursework in soils, watersheds, and engineering. This provides a competitive background that students may use to set themselves apart in the job market. Graduates may be able to pursue careers in various aspects of the energy sector, government agencies, regulation, environmental consultation, and natural hazards assessment. This includes natural disasters such as earthquakes or landslides.

To earn this Master's Degree, candidates must complete a total of thirty-two credit hours, of which 29 credits come from various required courses and three credits from the thesis. Some courses are only offered during certain semesters; therefore, students should work with professors and advisors to create a degree plan best for them.

Students will receive instruction in groundwater geology, geographic information systems, and geochemistry. Participants may learn how to manage and administer national resources in a variety of contexts. There are a few seminars offered as well, focusing on topics like sedimentary geology, paleontology, and paleoecology.


To be considered for admission into the MS Program with matriculated status, your GPA should be above 3.0 (A=4.0) and for the GRE, your scores should be no less than the 40th percentile. For admission into the PhD Program, your GPA should be above 3.4 and for the GRE, your scores should be no less than 50th percentile.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities