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Geosciences offers graduate study for the Master of Science along three different options, Geology, Geography, and Professional Science Masters Geosciences. Each Masters program offers the student different emphases on the field of study of their choosing. Small class sizes provides the advisor and student with a unique opportunity to focus on the intended interest while preparing each student with the tools needed to succeed upon leaving Fort Hays State University.
This program of study has two possible emphases--one for the professional geologist and the other for the earth science teacher. The former prepares the student for a career in industry or in government surveys, or provides preparation for Ph.D. work at another institution. The latter prepares the student to teach geology and other earth science courses at the secondary or college level. The geology track is flexible. The student and advisor will select appropriate electives based on the area of emphasis such as environmental geology, stratigraphy, vertebrate paleontology, geophysics, petroleum geology, etc.
This program of study is intended primarily as a degree for preparation for an advanced professional position. The program is extremely flexible, emphasizing two focus areas: Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems. The environmental science focus area is intended for students interested in professional employment as environmental analysts and scientists, who may have baccalaureate degrees in a related field such as Geography, Geology, Biology, Agriculture, or General Science. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) focus area is designed to provide the advanced technical and theoretical course work necessary towards becoming a GIS professional. In conjunction with geospatial courses provided by the Geosciences Department, students take a variety of graduate level classes in other departments, emphasizing technical, theoretical and applied aspects. This degree is intended to provide current students with advanced GIS course work, as well as the professional in the community. In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study as stated in the Graduate School section of this catalog, the student entering the Master of Science curriculum must have completed the equivalent course of study required by the department for a bachelor of science. Students who lack the appropriate undergraduate training will be required to make up their deficiencies.
This program of study allows students to further their knowledge for their MS degree in Geosciences. Students focus on fundamental operations of a business while learning how to customize GIS applications to a customers requirement. The program provides the knowledge to generate complex cartographic products and perform advanced GIS operations for creating spatial databases.
This concentration when taken in addition to an MS in Geosciences provides the knowledge of managing the operations and collections in a museum. Each student will be introduced to the different fundamental techniques used for managing collections at museums and developing public educational programs and exhibits.
This concentration focuses on reading well logs, analyze seismic data for potential hydrocarbon presence, and petroleum reservoirs. This is the perfect concentration for those looking to work in the field of petroleum.
Students will focus on remote sensing systems learning how to calibrate, analyze, develop, implement, and design software for mission planning, flight systems, and ground systems. This concentration allows each student the opportunity to work with remote sensing technology.
Once you have decided which course of study you would like to pursue, please contact the Graduate School to complete an application for our graduate program.