COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Geology and Astronomy
- All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Hold an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in Geology) from an accredited institution.
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 or greater. If the GPA is less than 2.8, students may be admitted provisionally with one of these standardized tests and scores: GRE (more than 1000), MAT (greater than the 50th percentile), or Praxis PPST (greater than the Pennsylvania Department of Education Minimum).
- Complete of the following prerequisites: ESS 101 Introduction to Geology; CHE and CRL 103 General Chemistry I and lab; PHY 130 General Physics; MAT 105 College Algebra; and MAT 121 Statistics I.
- Permission of the Graduate Review Committee
- Complete the online application and submit academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- The M.A. Geoscience degree is designed for professional development of geologists and precollege teachers. Courses are offered evenings, weekends, and summer to accommodate working professionals.
- The M.A. Geoscience degree requires 36 graduate credits. All students must take ESS 523 Field Geology, ESS 536 Environmental Geology, ESS 596 Earth Systems Science, and a 1-credit Geoscience Seminar. Students may then choose either the Earth Science Track (ESS 530 Oceanography and ESS 570 Meteorology) or the Geology Track (ESS 521 Geometrics and ESS 539 Hydrogeology).
- All students must complete and defend a final project at the end of the program, such as a unit plan, a professional paper, or a scientific paper to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.
- Students may take up to 6 graduate credits (2 courses) without enrolling in the program. These classes will count towards graduation once a student is admitted.
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