Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    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.

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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