Program Structure

  • Students complete 30 semester hours which consists of 10 courses.
  • All courses are offered on the semester schedule.
  • All courses are offered online except for the final capstone course.
  • Students will choose between two final capstone courses; GR 8410 Field Methods Seminar or GR 8573 Research in Applied Meteorology
  • Students normally take two courses per semester but may elect to take only one per semester.
  • Students must pass the comprehensive written exam after completion of all course work.
  • Course materials such as exercises, assignments, study guides, exams, and lectures will be delivered via the Internet using Canvas. Canvas is a software program designed specifically for online learning.
  • Top-quality instructors teach the classes. All classes have instructors with advanced degrees who are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Hours
GR 8553 Research Methods in Geoscience 3
Choose one of the following:
GR 8410 * Field Methods Seminar 3
or
GR 8573 * Research in Applied Meteorology
Choose at least three from the following:
GR 6303 Principles of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) 9
GR 6313 Advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
GR 6333 Remote Sensing of the Physical Environment
GR 6603 Climatology
GG 8203 Ocean Science
GG 8233 Environmental Geoscience
GR 8633 Climate Change
GR 8813 Advanced Hazards and Disasters
Geosciences Electives:
(Any of the graduate coursework offered online may fulfill this requirement. At least 15 hours of the degree must be at 8000-level. Please check course prerequisites before registering.)
15
Total Hours: 30

* Available to students only during their final summer semester. Includes Capstone Workshop.

Note: A split-level course completed at the undergraduate level cannot be repeated on the graduate level for use on the program of study.


Capstone Course

A Capstone Research Project (oral presentation and paper) and a written and oral comprehensive examination are required regardless of whether the student chooses GR 8410 or GR 8573.


Prerequisite Courses

GG 1113 Survey of Earth Science I is offered every semester. GR 1604 Weather and Climate is offered spring and summer.

GR 8813 Advanced Hazards and Disasters*


Program of Study

First Year

FALL SPRING SUMMER
Program prerequisite: GR 1604 (if necessary) GR 8123
Meteorology II: Forecasting and Storms
GR 6643
Physical Climatology
Program prerequisite: GG 1113 (if necessary) Free Elective GG 8203
Ocean Science

Second Year

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GG 8123
Geology II: Earth and Time
Free Elective Free Elective
GG 8233
Environmental Geosciences
GR 8553
Research Methods in Geosciences
GR 8410
Field Methods Seminar

* A written and oral comprehensive examination are required. Students may substitute courses for the ones listed above, but will be expected to demonstrate understanding of these subjects on the exam. A capstone research project (oral presentation and paper) and a written and oral comprehensive examination are required regardless of whether the student chooses GR 8410 or GR 8573.