Geoscience, Master of Science (072)


Program Coordinator

Jason Polk,, (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.

Program Admission

  • 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)

Required Courses
GEOS 500Geoscience Research and Literacy4
GEOS 502Geoscience Research Methods1
GEOS 520Geoscience Statistical Methods4
GEOS 599Thesis Writing and Research6
Electives 1
Select 15 hours from the following courses appropriate to support the thesis research project and approved by the thesis director:15
Geography of Kentucky 2
Environmental Geology 2
Hydrogeology 2
Aqueous Geochemistry 2
Geophysics 2
Tectonics 2
Geology of Fossil Fuels 2
The Dynamic Earth
Geoscience and Development
Geoscience Research Methods
Geoscience Environmental Seminar
Geography for Teachers
Geoscience Research Topics
Remote Sensing Applications
Spatial Databases
Seminar in Geomorphology
Seminar in Physical Climatology
Geoprocessing & GIS Applications
Meteorology Science Teachers
Seminar in Political Geography
Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Seminar in Cultural Geography
Seminar in Dynamic Met I
Seminar in Synoptic Meteorology
Historic Preservation Planning
Seminar in Dynamic Meteorology II
Seminar in Mesoscale Meteorology
Seminar in Physical Meteorology
Seminar in Atmospheric Modeling
Advanced Regional Geography
Environmental Science Concepts
Practical Environmental Ethics
Advanced Studies in Economic Geography
Global Climate Change
Hydrological Fluid Dynamics
Karst Geoscience
Applied Natural Resource Management
GIS Analysis and Modeling
GIS Programming
Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems
Seminar Urban Geography
Applied Environmental Planning
Advanced Studies in Population Geography
Environmental Law, Regulations, and Policy
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Geoscience Practicum
Total Hours30

 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.