Environmental Geology Program Details


Environmental Geology program overview. 

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Applications deadlines:

Spring 2023
Priority Deadline: Nov. 1st

Final Deadline: Dec. 1st

Summer 2023:
Priority Deadline: April 1st

Final Deadline: May 1st

Fall 2023:
Priority: June 2nd

Final Deadline: Aug. 7th
 

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Professional Science Master's degree with a concentration in Environmental Geology

Admissions criteria

The admissions requirements for the Professional Science Master's in Applied Science with a concentration in Environmental Geology include:

1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official undergraduate transcript is required. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in geology. Those with a related degree and 20 semester hours of geoscience coursework in geology, physical geography, engineering, or hydrology may be eligible.  In some instances, relevant work experience in environmental geology may substitute for missing courses.

2. A grade-point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all previous university work is required. Under extenuating circumstances an average below 3.0 can be considered by the PSM-EG Committee for admission. Students with outstanding GPA’s will be considered for a $500 sign-on scholarship, with an additional $500 available in the second semester if good academic standing is maintained.

3. Statement of interest: This 1-2 page narrative should succinctly summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this degree program will help you achieve these goals.

4. Resume

5. At least two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work;

6. International students must also meet the English proficiency, visa/I20, and financial support documentation.

 

Curriculum and requirements

The Professional Science Master's with a concentration in Environmental Geology requires students to complete 36 hours of coursework. All courses listed are taught entirely online or in hybrid mode.

 

Professional skills (12 credit hours)

Course name & number

Credit Hours

PFS 801: Interpersonal and Persuasive Communication Skills for Managers

OR PFS 730: Writing and Speaking for Decision Makers

3.0

PFS 802: Managing Teams and Leading People

OR PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change

3.0

PFS 803: Financial Management for Professional Success

3.0

PFS 804: Project Management for Professionals

3.0


  

Science concentration (12 credit hours)

Course name & number

Credit Hours

EVRN 721: Environmental Regulation and Policy 

3.0

GEOL 751: Physical Hydrogeology

(pre-requisite: GEOL 552: Introduction to Hydrogeology)

3.0

GEOL 753: Chemical and Microbial Hydrogeology 

3.0

GEOL 755: Site Assessment 

3.0

 

 

Field Workshops (select 3 courses to total at least 3 credit hours)

Classes are offered in-person at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park or at the KU Lawrence Campus, and can be completed over one day or weekend.

Course Name & Number

Credit Hours

GEOL 536: Geological Log Analysis (online)1.0

GEOL 556: Field Methods in Hydrology

3.0

GEOL 853: Field and Laboratory Methods: Chemical Hydrogeology

1.0

GEOL 855: Field and Laboratory Methods: Environmental Geophysics

1.0

GEOL 791: Advanced Topics in Geology:  Direct-push Methods for Site Characterization

1.0

Electives (select 6 credit hours)

Course Name & Number

Credit Hours

GEOL 503: Numerical Methods in Earth Science

2.0 - 3.0

GEOL 591: Environmental Site Operations, Management, and Safety (OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hr certification) 3.0
GEOL 591: Professional Geologist Exam Review1.0
GEOL 591 Intro to R for the Geosciences2.0

GEOL 754: Contaminant Transport

3.0

GEOL 758: Applied Groundwater Modelling3.0

GEOL 791: Food, Energy, Water and Public Policy 

3.0

EVRN 510: Advanced Environmental Apps. in Geospatial Techniques3.0
EVRN 730: Environmental Toxicology3.0
EVRN 736: Environmental Remote Sensing3.0
ENVR 720: Special Topics: Soil Ecology & Restoration 3.0

 

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geology

Admissions

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official undergraduate transcript is required. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in geology. Those with a related degree and 20 semester hours of geoscience coursework in geology, physical geography, engineering, or hydrology may be eligible. In some instances, relevant work experience in environmental geology may substitute for missing courses.


2. A grade-point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all previous university work is required. Under extenuating circumstances an average below 3.0 can be considered by the PSM-EG Committee for provisional admission. 

Individuals who are not already enrolled as KU graduate students must complete an application to the Graduate School for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the environmental assessment or environmental justice certificate program. This 1- or 2-page narrative should summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this certificate will help you achieve these goals.
  • Official undergraduate transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work or qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work (former professor of instructor, workplace supervisor).

Current KU graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geology program will apply through the Graduate School. A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission. Awarding of certificates will be handled consistent with guidelines and timing of degree awards of the Graduate School. Completion of the certificate will appear on the graduate transcript. KU graduate students should submit the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the environmental geology certificate program and its relationship to your graduate course of study.
  • An unofficial copy of your KU transcript.
  • A letter of support from your graduate degree program (your advisor or graduate director).

Application decisions will be made by consensus of the PSM-EG Committee. In the event of no consensus on an applicant, the decision will default to the decision of the PSM-EG Academic Director.

Curriculum and Requirements

Continued professional education can benefit your professional trajectory in a variety of industries, including government agencies, engineering, oil and mining and geological surveys. The environmental geology graduate certificate provides certified specialization that professionals in these fields can add to existing credentials. The certificate requires the successful completion of five courses, for a total of 13 credit hours:

  • EVRN 721: Environmental Regulation and Policy 
  • GEOL 751: Physical Hydrogeology (pre-requisite: GEOL 552: Introduction to Hydrogeology)
  • GEOL 753: Chemical and Microbial Hydrogeology 
  • GEOL 755: Site Assessment 
  • A 1-credit-hour field and laboratory methods course

Questions?

Dr. Marcia Schulmeister Ph.D., P.G., F. GSA
Director and Teaching Professor, Environmental Geology Programs