Geoscience, Option in Geochemistry, M.S.

Department Overview

Geochemistry is an interdisciplinary field of study in which the science of chemistry is used to solve earth science problems. Areas of study include the full spectrum of topics from geobiochemistry, to water/rock/microbe interactions, thermodynamics of natural systems, coevolution of geochemistry and life, thermodynamics of minerals, and migration of pollutant species in soil and water.

The geochemistry option is centered in the Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. Students acquire strong fundamental and practical knowledge in chemistry and environmental geochemistry and can choose thesis topics ranging among a large variety of geochemical/environmental topics.

Admission requirements: B.S. in chemistry, geology, or any science or engineering. An undergraduate background of inorganic, analytical, organic and physical chemistry, physical and historical geology, petrology, and mineralogy is required or some of these undergraduate background courses can be taken during the first year of graduate school at Montana Tech depending upon prior undergraduate specialization.

Options: Thesis (30 credits), Publishable paper (30 credits), or Non-Thesis (36 credits)

Seminar Requirements:

  • CHMY 594 - Graduate Geochemistry Seminar

  • TC 5150 - Graduate Writing Seminar
  • One more seminar, can be GSCI 5940 Graduate Engineering Seminar, NRSM 594 Restoration Seminar or other


Many of our graduates continue their graduate work in a Ph.D. program. Other graduates have found employment with various organizations such as the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana State Department of Environmental Quality, Copper Environmental, Energy Labs, the Pegasus Gold Corp., Applied Technology, Inc., Chemex Labs, The Atlantic Richfield Chemical Co., Marathon Oil Co., Westinghouse, GeoEngineers Inc., and American Geochemist Corp.

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Dr. Alysia Cox
CBB 217 (Chemistry & Biology Building)