Geology (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in geology is designed to provide the students with special training in the environmental aspects of this discipline in keeping with the urban setting of Wayne State University. Students receiving the degree of Master of Arts in geology will be especially prepared to work in a capacity that deals with or provides solutions to environmental problems in which an intimate relationship between the environment and earth science is an important factor.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Additionally, candidates are required to have an undergraduate major in geology, or a strong background in geology supported by courses in related sciences, and a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major. Prerequisite study should include many of the following courses:mineralogy, petrology, sedimentation, geomorphology, environmental geochemistry, structural geology; plus a course in any two of the following fields: paleontology, stratigraphy, geological site assessment, geostatistics, and geophysics.

Two semesters of calculus, a year of chemistry and a year of physics are also necessary. Deficiencies in prerequisites may be made up concurrently with graduate work.

The verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Examination are required for admission to the graduate program, and the applicant must file three personal letters of recommendation and a personal statement describing goals and motivations for pursuing an M.S. Geology degree before acceptance.

Students transferring from other fields should make an appointment with the Graduate Officer or the Department Chairperson who will review the applicant’s background and make recommendations regarding the graduate program.

The Master of Arts in geology is offered as Plan B (essay) or Plan C (coursework). Both options require 32 credits.

Plan B - Master's Essay

Students must select 28 credits from following courses:28
Geological Site Assessment
Environmental Geochemistry
Soils and Soil Pollution
Environmental and Applied Geophysics
Hydrology of Natural and Urban Environments
Mathematical Methods in Earth Science
Hydrogeology
Environmental Fate and Transport of Pollutants
Applied Geological Mapping
Applications of Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Earth Resources and the Environment
GEL 7999Master's Essay Direction4
Total Credits32

Plan C - Coursework

Students must select 32 credits from following courses:32
Geological Site Assessment
Environmental Geochemistry
Soils and Soil Pollution
Environmental and Applied Geophysics
Hydrology of Natural and Urban Environments
Mathematical Methods in Earth Science
Hydrogeology
Environmental Fate and Transport of Pollutants
Applied Geological Mapping
Applications of Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Earth Resources and the Environment
Total Credits32

Students can only take up to a maximum of 8 credits out of the required 32 credits outside the Geology Department and a maximum of 4 Geology credits are allowed as GEL 7990 Directed Study. If additional credits are required, then, courses may be selected from other graduate courses in chemical and/or civil engineering, or graduate courses in chemistry or physics. Graduate courses in disciplines other than geology require the approval of the thesis advisor and the graduate committee. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The graduate program may be modified by the Geology Department to conform to the needs of individual candidates.

Candidacy for the Master’s degree is established by submitting an acceptable Plan of Work to the Graduate Officer of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This plan must be submitted and approved by the College by the time twelve graduate credits have been earned. For Plan-B, the student will choose one faculty member as advisor in the department for writing the research paper.