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PSM in Geoscience

Masters in Environmental Studies

Professional Science Master’s Environmental Geoscience Option

The Environmental Geoscience Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Option will take many of the same courses as the Environmental Geoscience Option MS degree students, but the PSM option includes courses in business and entrepreneurship. PSM students will take one course from Policy/Economics, one course from Environmental Engineering, and four courses from Environmental Geosciences for a total of 18 credits. Additionally, students will take a minimum of nine credits in business/communications, an additional six credits from the MS option or business/communications, and a one credit internship experience in conjunction with a zero-credit professional development course and a zero- credit reflective seminar.

The program requires a minimum of 34 credits. The goal of the PSM degree is to prepare students for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing.

Candidates for the program should have a baccalaureate degree in physical or biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering from an accredited program and generally a 3.0. GPA or higher. Candidates with a closely related major may be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Depending on their prior course work, students entering the program may be required to take undergraduate courses in order to develop the analytical skills and knowledge base required for the advanced level courses, but these credits will not count towards the total required for the Master’s degree.

General requirements for all applicants are a completed application packet supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office which includes: 

  • Graduate Admissions Application form
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and/or professional performance
  • Official score report for the Graduate Record Exam, with a satisfactory level score
  • Official transcript(s) Application fee
  • International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score.

Applications may be downloaded or submitted electronically from the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications for the Master of Science, Professional Science Master’s Option in Environmental Geoscience are accepted year round, but it is recommended that completed applications be submitted several months before expected matriculation.


Area I. Policy/Economics (Elect 1) - 3 credits

  • ENVE.5270 or PUBH.5500 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • ECON.6150 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3 credits)
  • ENVI.5200 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)

Area II. Stem Courses

  • Environmental Engineering (Elect 1) - 3 credits
    • CIVE.5620 Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology (3 credits)
    • CIVE.5670 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CIVE.5680 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)
    • CIVE.5750 Groundwater Modeling (3 credits)
  • Environmental Geoscience (Elect 4) - 12 credits
    • ENVI.5040 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
    • CIVE.5720 Marine and Coastal Processes (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5010 Paleoclimatology (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5040 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5060L Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory (1 credit)
    • GEOL.5140 Hydrogeology (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5150 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5220 Structural Geology (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5220L Structural Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
    • GEOL.5240 Regional Hydrogeology (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5260 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5520 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5540L Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory (1 credit)
    • GEOL.5560 Applied Geophysics (3 credits)
    • GEOL.5520 Advanced Geochemistry (3 credits)

PLUS courses – business, communication, policy - selected with advice and approval of student’s adviser - 9 credits

  • PSM.545 Professional and Scientific Communication or EEOS.654 Professional Science Communication (3 credits)
  • Ethics course equivalent to BMGT.520 with appropriate generic science/industry focus (1 credit)
  • PSM.535 Leadership for Scientists
  • PSM.535 Project Management for Science Professionals
  • ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
  • MKTG.5010 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • POMS/MIST.5010 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
  • ENTR.6500 Innovation and Emerging Technology (3 credits)
  • MKTG.6300 Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credits)
  • FINA.6400 Financing Innovation & Tech. Ventures (3 credits)
  • MGMT.6300 New Product Development (3 credits)

Additional STEM and/or PLUS Courses. Choose from the lists above. - 6 credits

  • PSM 500 – Professional Development
  • PSM 510 - PSM Internship/Project
  • PSM.501 – PSM Reflective Seminar (1 credit)