M.S. in Geoscience

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
Core Courses
ESS 523Field Geology of Southeastern Pennsylvania3
ESS 536Environmental Geology3
ESS 547Earth and Space Science Seminar1
ESS 596Earth Systems Science3
Courses for Precollege Teachers
ESS 530Principles of Oceanography3
ESS 570Principles of Meteorology3
Select 20 semester hours of electives approved by their committee, at least 11 of which must be ESS or SCE courses.20
Courses for Professional Geologists
ESS 521Geometrics3
ESS 539Hydrogeology3
Select 20 semester hours of electives approved by their committee, at least 11 of which must be ESS or SCE courses.20
Total Credits Required 36

All students complete a project submitted as part of the degree candidacy application (after completing nine credits towards degree), and a final written project that is presented at the geoscience seminar.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; courses offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Starting: Fall Semester

Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 521Geometrics3
ESS 547Earth and Space Science Seminar1
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Meteorology 
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits7
Semester Two
ESS 5XX Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Oceanography 
Environmental Geology 
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits6
Summer Session I
ESS 523Field Geology of Southeastern Pennsylvania3
ESS 596Earth Systems Science3
 Credits6
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 5XX Elective3
ESS 5XX Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Meteorology 
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits9
Semester Four
ESS 5XX Elective2-3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Oceanography 
Environmental Geology 
ESS 5XX Elective
 
Present Final Project by first week of May 
 Credits5-6

Starting: Spring Semester

Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 5xx elective3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Oceanography 
Environmental Geology 
ESS 5xx elective
 
 Credits6
Semester Two
ESS 521Geometrics3
ESS 547Earth and Space Science Seminar1
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Meteorology 
ESS 5xx elective
 
 Credits7
Summer Session I
ESS 523Field Geology of Southeastern Pennsylvania3
 Credits3
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 5XX Elective 3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Oceanography 
Environmental Geology 
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits6
Semester Four
ESS 5xx elective2-3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Meteorology 
ESS 5xx elective
 
 Credits5-6
Summer
ESS 596Earth Systems Science3
 Credits3

ESS 591 can fulfill the 2-credit requirement.

ESS 502, ESS 505, ESS 520, ESS 539, and ESS 543 are recommended courses if planning on taking the Professional Geologist (PG) exam.