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; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Starting: Fall Semester

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 521 Geometrics 3
ESS 547 Earth and Space Science Seminar 1
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Meteorology  
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits7
Semester Two
ESS 5XX Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Oceanography  
Environmental Geology  
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits6
Summer Session I
ESS 523 Field Geology of Southeastern Pennsylvania 3
ESS 596 Earth Systems Science 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 5XX Elective 3
ESS 5XX Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Meteorology  
ESS 5XX Elective
 
 Credits9
Semester Four
ESS 5XX Elective 2-3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Oceanography  
Environmental Geology  
ESS 5XX Elective
 
Present Final Project by first week of May  
 Credits5-6
 Total Credits33-34

Starting: Spring Semester

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 5xx elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Oceanography  
Environmental Geology  
ESS 5xx elective
 
 Credits6
Semester Two
ESS 521 Geometrics 3
ESS 547 Earth and Space Science Seminar 1
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Meteorology  
ESS 5xx elective
 
 Credits7
Summer Session I
ESS 523 Field Geology of Southeastern Pennsylvania 3
 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 elective 2-3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Meteorology  
ESS 5xx elective
 
 Credits5-6
Summer
ESS 596 Earth Systems Science 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits30-31

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.