Geoscience, Master of Science (072)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/geoweb/
Jason Polk, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-5015
The graduate program in Geoscience provides advanced professional training for careers as hydrologists, environmental resource managers, city and regional planners, engineering geologists, geophysical and geochemical geologists, meteorologists and climatologists, earth science teachers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, consultants in business and industry, and professional educators. The program also provides a scientific foundation for graduate students who plan to continue advanced studies leading to the Ph.D.
Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)
This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.
- GRE score, with a minimum 3.5 score on the GRE Analytical Writing component
- 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
- Minimum of 18 hours of science courses at the undergraduate level, preferably in the geosciences
- One-page statement of research goals
- Written evidence of an agreement from a graduate faculty member in the Department of Geography and Geology willing to supervise the proposed research project
- Passing grade (C or higher) in appropriate undergraduate coursework to support the thesis research program. For example, students pursuing a thesis project in GIS-related topics are required to have passed an introductory GIS course and a Spatial Data Analysis course at the undergraduate level. Students should take preparatory courses in the summer semester before joining the Geoscience program if they have not previously taken these courses. If taken as a graduate student, a grade of "B" or better is required. Students should consult with their proposed thesis advisor on appropriate preparation coursework before full admission is granted.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (30 hours)
|GEOS 500||Geoscience Research and Literacy||3|
|GEOS 502||Geoscience Research Methods||3|
|GEOS 520||Geoscience Statistical Methods||3|
|GEOS 599||Thesis Writing and Research||6|
|Select 15 hours from GEOS, GEOL, GEOG graduate courses appropriate to support the thesis research project and approved by the thesis director: 1,2||15|
A maximum of six hours of advisor approved electives that are consistent with the student's research focus may be selected from other departments.
No more than 9 hours of 400G courses may be selected.