Master of Science in Geosciences

Chair: Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang.
Faculty: Casey, Cetin, El-Masri, Hong, Ortmann, Stinchcomb, Wesler, Zhang. 

 

The Department of Geosciences offers a Master of Science degree in Geosciences. Students choose the thesis or the non-thesis option. Four concentrations are offered for the thesis option: Environmental Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geoinformatics, and Watershed Sciences. Each student’s program is developed in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

 

The Environmental Geology Concentration is an interdisciplinary master’s program within the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology designed to prepare students for further graduate studies or careers in either the public or private sector. This concentration focuses on the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of environmental change both in the present and in the geologic past.

 

The Geoarchaeology Concentration is an interdisciplinary master’s degree program designed to prepare students for further graduate studies or careers in the public or private sector. The geoarchaeology concentration offers students a broad range of options to develop a curriculum that matches their particular interests and needs. The geoarchaeology concentration emphasizes the relationship between human culture and the natural environment and provides opportunities to apply the principles and methods of geoscience research in an archaeological context.

 

The Geoinformatics Concentration is designed to prepare students for further graduate studies or careers in the field of geospatial information science and technology. Geospatial technology is a fast growing field with broad and multidisciplinary applications that has penetrated every aspect of our daily lives. The Geoinformatics Concentration provides students with up-to-date training on geospatial theory, application, and technology.

 

The Watershed Science Concentration is jointly sponsored between the Department of Geosciences and the Watershed Studies Institute (WSI).  The Watershed Studies Institute program in Watershed Science is an interdisciplinary master's program within the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology designed to prepare students for careers or for further graduate studies in the broader aspects of watershed management and science.  The student’s program is developed in consultation with the graduate coordinator.  Visit the Watershed Studies Institute site to learn more.

 

Geosciences is closely associated with the Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC) where hardware and software related to remote sensing and geographic information science are located. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research through activities of the department’s Archaeology Laboratory.

 

New program

CIP 40.0699

 

Thesis Requirements

Total Course requirement …………………………………………………………30 hours

 

Required Core Courses for All Concentrations …………………………. 15 hours

GSC 619 Seminar in Research Techniques (3)

GSC 621 Geographic Information Systems (4)

GSC 696 Understanding Scientific Communication (2)

GSC 698 Thesis Research (3)

GSC 699 Thesis Research (3)

 

Environmental Geology Concentration

Restricted Electives  …………………………………………………….………....15 hours

Choose any two courses of the following (6-7 hours)

GSC 642 Watershed Ecology (same as BIO 642) (3)

GSC 633 Paleoecology (3)

GSC 680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)

BIO 686 Limnology (4)

CHE 665 Biogeochemistry (3)

 

Choose 8-9 hours from the following

ARC 615 Environmental Archaeology (3)

GSC 636 Soils and Geomorphology (3)

GSC 662 Hydrogeology (3)

GSC 665 Physical/Chemical Limnology (3)

GSC 691 Special Problems (1)

GSC 692 Special Problems (2)

GSC 693 Special Problems (3)

BIO 623 Physiological Ecology (3)

BIO 625 Biogeography (3)

BIO 632 Quantitative Ecology (3)

BIO 646 Stream Ecology (4)

BIO 678 Conservation Biology (4)

BIO 690 Disturbance Ecology (3)

CET 655 Environmental Regulatory Affairs (3)

CET 681 Pollution Assessment and Control (3)

CHE 613 Environmental Chemistry (3)

MAT 665 Applied Statistics I (4)

WSC 601 Seminar in Sustainability Studies (2)

 

Other Degree Requirements

Defense of thesis.

 

 

Geoarchaeology Concentration

 

Required Course for Concentration…………………………………………………. 3 hours

ARC 600 Graduate Seminar in Archaeology (3)

 

Restricted Electives ………………………………………………………………………. 12 hours

 

Choose one course of the following (3 hours)

ARC 602 Graduate Archaeological Field Work (1-5)

GSC 636 Soils and Geomorphology (3)

ARC/GSC 656 Geophysical Surveying (3)

 

Choose 9 hours from the following

ARC 604 Archaeological Laboratory Systems (1)

ARC 605 Archaeological Information Systems (3)

ARC 610 Landscape Archaeology (3)

ARC 615 Environmental Archaeology (3)

GSC 612 Remote Sensing (4)

GSC 680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)

GSC 691 Special Problems (1)

GSC 692 Special Problems (2)

GSC 693 Special Problems (3)

MAT 665 Applied Statistics I (4)

WSC 601 Seminar in Sustainability Studies (2)

 

Other Degree Requirements

Defense of thesis.

 

 

Geoinformatics Concentration

 

Required Courses for Concentration …………………………………….…. 10 hours

GSC 612 Remote Sensing (4)

GSC 640 Advanced Remote Sensing (3)

GSC 680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)

 

Restricted Electives ……………………..........................................….. 5 hours

(choose from the following approved courses)

CIS 609 Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence (3)

CIS 615 Information System Security (3)

GSC 622 Digital Cartography (3)

GSC 641 Digital Image Processing Research (3)

GSC 656 Geophysical Surveying (3)

GSC 660 Spatial Analysis Techniques (3)

GSC 661 Precision GIS/GPS Applications (3)

GSC 678 Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling (3)

GSC 679 Remote Sensing of Vegetation (3)

GSC 691 Special Problems (1)

GSC 692 Special Problems (2)

GSC 693 Special Problems (3)

MAT 665 Applied Statistics I (4)

 

Other Degree Requirements

Defense of thesis.

 

 

Watershed Science Concentration

 

Required Course for Concentration…………………………………………...3 hours

GSC    642 Watershed Ecology (same as BIO 642) (3)

 

Restricted electives ………………………………………………………………… 12 hours

Courses must be approved by the advisory committee and represent at least two disciplines. 

AGR   674 Agricultural Irrigation and Water Systems (3)

BIO    625 Biogeography (3)

BIO    630 Animal Ecology (4)

BIO    631 Plant Ecology (4)

BIO    632 Quantitative Ecology (4)

BIO    646 Stream Ecology (4)

BIO    661 Freshwater Invertebrates (4)

BIO    663 Aquatic Entomology (4)

BIO    668 Wetland Ecology (4)

BIO    669 Biological Limnology (3)

BIO    670 Limnological Analysis Laboratory (4)

BIO    671 Ichthyology (4)

BIO    672 Herpetology (4)

BIO    678 Conservation Biology (4)

BIO    682 Waterfowl Management (4)

BIO    683 Fisheries Management (4)

BIO    686 Limnology (4)

BIO    687 Freshwater Biology (4)

BIO    688 Reservoir Ecology (4)

BIO    690 Disturbance Ecology (3)

CET    655 Environmental Regulatory Affairs (3)

CET    681 Pollution Assessment and Control (3)

CET    685 Remediation Technology (3)

CHE    613 Environmental Chemistry (3)

CHE    617 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)

CHE    627 Chemical Separations (3)

CHE    628 Mass Spectrometry (3)

CHE    665 Biogeochemistry (3)

GSC    616 Isotope Geochemistry (3)

GSC    636 Soils and Geomorphology (3)

GSC    640 Advanced Remote Sensing (3)

GSC    641 Digital Image Processing Research (3)

GSC    643 Soil Micromorphology (4)

GSC    662 Hydrogeology (3)

GSC    665 Physical/Chemical Limnology

GSC    678 Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling (3)

GSC    679 Remote Sensing of Vegetation (3)

GSC    680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of MAT 665 Applied Statistics I if substituted for GSC 619.
  • Written and oral comprehensive examinations as specified by the advisory committee in broad aspects of watershed science and area of concentration (usually taken in third semester of residence).
  • Defense of thesis.

               

 

Non- Thesis Requirements

Total Course requirement …………………………………………………………30 hours

 

Required Courses ………………………………………………………..……………16 hours

GSC 612 Remote Sensing (4)

GSC 619 Seminar in Research Techniques (3)

GSC 621 Geographic Information Systems (4)

GSC 680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)

GSC 696 Understanding Scientific Communication (2)

 

Electives …………………………………………………….……………………………….14 hours

GSC courses at 600-level (9-10 hours)

GSC or related courses at 600-level (4-5 hours)

 

Other Degree Requirements

Written and oral comprehensive examinations.

 


Contact: Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
     Location: 335 Blackburn Science Bldg.
     Phone: (270) 809-2847
     E-mail:
qzhang@murraystate.edu