The graduate program in Geology offers coursework, fieldwork experience, and research that will lead to a Master of Science degree in Geology. It allows students who successfully complete the program to upgrade their educational qualifications and advance to doctoral programs or professional positions that require an in-depth knowledge of hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geologic hazards. The University's location in the state capital provides direct access to many local, federal, and state agencies through internship and fieldwork opportunities.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Geology requires:

  • a degree in Geology, or 24 units of equivalent upper-division coursework in Geology which must have been passed with a grade of "C-" or better and includes: GEOL 10GEOL 10LGEOL 100GEOL 102GEOL 103,GEOL 110AGEOL 111A, and GEOL 111B. These core undergraduate courses cannot be used as graduate electives by students who do not hold a degree in Geology or equivalent;
  • a minimum 2.75 GPA in all Geology, Chemistry, Math and Physics courses, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in upper division Geology courses;
  • three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic record and professional capabilities, sent directly to the Department;
  • a brief statement of interest, faculty sponsorship, area of specialty and long-term goals;
  • two semesters of inorganic Chemistry with a lab (CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B);
  • two semesters of Physics with a lab (PHYS 11A and PHYS 11B or PHYS 5A and PHYS 5B); and
  • two semesters of Math (MATH 30 and MATH 31).

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