PSM & Certificate in Environmental Geology - A Nearly All Online Geology Degree

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Join a growing job field with an online geology degree

Growing scientific and technological innovations - and the search for ways to understand the environmental impact of that growth - means an increasing need for geoscience professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for environmental geologists is expected to grow 7% by 2030

An environmental geologist’s duties might include:

  • Evaluating and managing groundwater, surface water, and Earth's resources.
  • Conducting and overseeing assessment and remediation of contaminated soil and water.
  • Delineating groundwater movement and the origin and fate of soil and subsurface contaminants.
  • Performing site investigations using geochemical, geotechnical, and geophysical field and laboratory methods.
  • Preparing and presenting reports on findings for government officials, businesses or the public.

What jobs can I get with an environmental geology degree? 

Environmental geologists apply their knowledge in a variety of industries. Potential employers include engineering, environmental, and geophysical consulting firms, as well as mining and oil and gas companies.  Federal, state, and local government entities, such as geological surveys or environmental agencies, also hire environmental geologists.

Environmental assessment career opportunities - Environmental Consulting, Engineering, Oil and Mining Companies, Geological Surveys, Governmental Environmental Agencies, Environmental Remediation

Is a master's degree in environmental geology degree right for me?

KU’s professional science graduate programs are designed for students interested in using scientific knowledge to solve environmental problems. The Environmental Geology program combines in-depth coursework in geology and environmental policy, with project management and communications training. The unique curriculum provides professionals with the skills needed to collect and clearly communicate reliable data, and to successfully lead projects and manage teams.

You may complete the majority of your coursework online, with three on-site day-long workshops worth one credit hour each, or a week-long field course worth three credit hours. These courses provide hands-on training with tools and methods that are commonly used in the environmental industry. Learn more about these hands-on workshops, and the summer field hydrology and applied geophysics courses.


Dr. Marcia Schulmeister Ph.D., P.G., F. GSA
  • Director and Teaching Professor, Environmental Geology Programs
Graduate certificate, Graduate degree, Online degree

Kristy Magee, M.A., CDF
Senior Advisor | KU Edwards Campus
Jayhawk Academic Advising
(913) 897-8569 |

What environmental geology graduate programs are available at KU?

KU offers two professional science graduate programs in environmental geology. All classes can be completed in hybrid mode or entirely online, except for the field workshops. 


  • Professional Science Master's Degree in Environmental Geology
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geology

Learn more about the Environmental Geology program director, Dr. Marcia Schulmeister.

Professional Science Master's with Concentration in Environmental Geology 36 credit hours - 1 capstone/internship, 3 field workshops, 4 science courses, 3-4 science electives, 4 professional skills coursesGraduate Certificate in Environmental Geology 13 credit hours - 1 field workshop, 1 elective course, 3 required courses
Why a KU graduate geology degree?


  • Classes offered online, with three hours of in-person field workshops
  • Graduate certificate option
  • Capstone experience course designed to meet personal career or work goals


  • Credentialed, experienced faculty
  • Globally recognized academics
  • KU is one of 38 public university members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of America's leading research universities


  • Courses designed for science and technology professionals
  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Versatile skillset designed for use in your scientific field

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