Department of Geosciences - Graduate Program

 MS Geosciences - Geology  |  MS in Geosciences - Geography  |  Professional Science Masters Geosciences Concentrations

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.

MS Geosciences - Geology (Total 36 Hours)

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.

Core Courses

  • GSCI 800    Scientific Writing in Geosciences   (2)
  • GSCI 675    Seminar in Geosciences    (1)
  • GSCI 899    Thesis   (6)
  • Electives in Geology or Cognate Area   (27)

 

MS Geosciences - Geography (Total 36 Hours)

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. 

Core Courses

  • GSCI 625    Advanced Geographic Information Systems   (3)
  • GSCI 674    Aerial Photographs and Remote Sensing     (3)
  • GSCI 800    Scientific Writing in Geosciences   (2)
  • GSCI 875    Seminar in Geosciences    (1)
  • GSCI 899    Thesis    (6)
  • Electives            (15)

 

 


Professional Science Masters Geosciences Concentrations

 

GIS Applications for Business    (Total 36 Hours)

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. 

Core Courses

  • GSCI 625    Advanced GIS (3)
  • GSCI 620    Advanced Cartography (3)
  • GSCI 655    GIS Programming  OR GSCI 630 Geostatistics and Spatial Data Analysis(3)
  • GSCI 6XX** GIS Applications (3)
  • GBUS 801  Survey of Economics (3)
  • GBUS 802  Management and Marketing Concepts (3)
  • GBUS 803  Accounting Theories and Practices (3)
  • GBUS 804  Financial & Quantitative Methods (3)
  • GSCI 800   Scientific Writing in Geosciences (2)
  • GSCI 675   Seminar in Geosciences  (1)
  • GSCI 695   Internship in Geosciences  (3)
  • GSCI 685   Geosciences Research Design and Professional Skills  (3)
  • GSCI 874   Research in Geosciences  (3)

 

Small Museum Entrepreneurship    (Total 36 Hours)

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.

Core Courses

  • GSCI 6XX   Museum Management  (3)
  • GSCI 6XX   Collections Management   (3)
  • GSCI 6XX   Exhibit Planning & Design   (3)
  • GSCI 6XX   Museum Public Education  (3)
  • GBUS 801  Survey of Economics (3)
  • GBUS 802  Management and Marketing Concepts  (3)
  • GBUS 803  Accounting Theories and Practices  (3)
  • GBUS 804  Financial & Quantitative Methods  (3)
  • GSCI 800   Scientific Writing in Geosciences  (2)
  • GSCI 675   Seminar in Geosciences  (1)
  • GSCI 695   Internship in Geosciences  (3)
  • GSCI 685   Geosciences Research Design and Professional Skills   (3)
  • GSCI 874   Research in Geosciences  (3)

 

Petroleum Entrepreneurship    (Total 36 Hours)

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.

Core Courses

  • GSCI 6XX    Advanced Petroleum Geology OR GSCI 6XX Prospect Development   (3)
  • GSCI 6XX    Well Logging   (3)
  • GSCI 6XX    Seismic Analysis  (3)
  • GSCI 684     Stratigraphy OR GSCI 680 Depositional Environments  (3)
  • GBUS 801    Survey of Economics   (3)
  • GBUS 802    Management and Marketing Concepts   (3)
  • GBUS 803    Accounting Theories and Practices   (3)
  • GBUS 804    Financial & Quantitative Methods  (3)
  • GSCI 800     Scientific Writing in Geosciences  (2)
  • GSCI 675    Seminar in Geosciences (1)
  • GSCI 695    Internship in Geosciences   (3)
  • GSCI 685    Geosciences Design and Professional Skills   (3)
  • GSCI 874    Research in Geosciences   (3)

 

Remote Sensing Technologist    (Total 36 Hours)

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.

Core Courses

  • GSCI 674    Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing  (3)
  • GSCI 625    Advanced GIS   (3)
  • GSCI 6XX   Advanced Remote Sensing  (3)
  • GSCI 630    Geostatistics and Spatial Data Analysis  (3)
  • GSCI 6XX   Aerospace Science and Technology  (3)
  • CSCI 656    Seminar in Software Engineering  (3)
  • CSCI 664    Networks and Data Communications   (3)
  • PHYS 620   Mathematics for the Physical Sciences  (3)
  • GSCI 800    Scientific Writing in Geosciences  (2)
  • GSCI 675    Seminar in Geosciences  (1)
  • GSCI 695    Internship in Geosciences  (3)
  • GSCI 685    Geoscience Research Design and Professional Skills  (3)
  • GSCI 874    Research in Geosciences  (3)

 

 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.