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Master   of   Science   in   Geoscience

Our Geosciences M.S. program participates in Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which allows students from the 15 participating western states to pay reduced tuition. These states include: Alaska, Arizona, California (effective 2010), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Residents are eligible to enroll at resident rates of tuition in WRGP graduate programs in these 15 states. Students enrolling through WRGP are not required to demonstrate financial need. For more  information on application, see the Graduate School.

Master’s of Science degrees in Geoscience are available through the School of Mines and Engineering. In Geological Engineering the options are Geological Engineering, Hydrogeological Engineering, Geology, and Hydrogeology. 

The general requirements for the degrees are as follows:

Admission Requirements:

  BS in Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering

  • A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department
  • B: Non-Thesis
  • TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar
Seminar Requirements:
  • ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1)
Course Requirements:

Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor.

Course Offerings:

Course No. Course Title
GEOE 403 Structural Geology for Engineers
GEOE 406 Geomorphology-Photogeology
GEOE 409 Field Geology & Geophysics
GEOE 410 Mining Geology
GEOE 411 Metallic Ore Deposits
GEOE 420 Hydrogeology for Engineers
GEOE 422 Groundwater Flow Modeling
GEOE 429 Field Hydrogeology
GEOE 440 Engineering Geology
GEOE 491 Special Topics
GEOE 498 Internship
GEOE 499W Geological Engineering Design Project
GEOE 501 Montana Geology
GEOE 520 Advanced Hydrogeology
GEOE 528 Contaminant Transport
GEOE 531 Acid-Rock Drainage
GEOE 532 Geochemical Modeling
GEOE 533 Hydro-geochemistry
GEOE 534 Isotope Geochemistry
GEOE 540 Applied Statistics & Experimental Design
GEOE 541 Advanced Engineering Geology
GEOE 542 Slope Stability Analysis & Design
GEOE 585 GIS in Natural Resources
GEOE 590W Graduate Research or Design Project
GEOE 591 Special Topics
GEOE 599W Thesis Research