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Environmental Geology Program Details

Environmental Geology program overview here.

Tuition and fees: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/edwards-campus-tuition-fees
To apply: http://graduate.ku.edu/application-process

Applications deadlines:
  Spring: December 15
  Summer: May 15
  Fall: August 1

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PSM in Environmental Geology  |  Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geology 

 

Professional Science Masters 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. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official undergraduate transcript. The student must have an undergraduate major in geology or closely related field (natural, physical, or applied sciences, engineering, or related fields), OR coursework of at least 20 semester hours in the natural and applied sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, physics, and/or engineering). For those without the necessary background courses in undergraduate science and mathematics, some additional coursework will need to be completed prior to the start of the graduate student program. Prospective applicants to the program are encouraged to contact the program director to discuss past coursework.

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.

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  (school code 6871):

  1. The GRE is not required for applicants with an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Kansas with at least a grade-point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale);
  2. For other applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, the GRE is recommended, but not required;
  3. For applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than a 3.0 (provisional admission), GRE scores are required. GRE scores should be from a test date within the last 5 years.

4. 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.

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.

 

Professional skills (12 credit hours)

Course name & number

Credit Hours

PMGT 833: Project Management Fundamentals

 

3.0

PMGT 802: Innovation and Change Management Process

OR PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change

3.0

PMGT 810: Financial Management

3.0

COMS 730: Writing & Speaking for Decisionmakers

OR COMS 811: Applied Org. Communications

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 Hydrology)

3.0

GEOL 753: Chemical and Microbial Hydrogeology 

3.0

GEOL 755: Site Assessment and Remediation 

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 851: Field and Laboratory Methods: Physical Hydrogeology

1.0

GEOL 852: Field and Laboratory Methods: Contaminant Transport

1.0

GEOL 853: Field and Laboratory Methods: Chemical Hydrogeology

1.0

GEOL 854: Field and Laboratory Methods: Geobiology

1.0

GEOL 855: Field and Laboratory Methods: Environmental Geophysics

1.0

GEOL 856: Field and Laboratory Methods: Special Topics

1.0

Electives (select 6 credit hours)

Course Name & Number

Credit Hours

GEOL 536: Geological Log Analysis

1.0

GEOL 577: Environmental Geophysics

3.0

GEOL 715: Geochemistry

3.0

GEOL 791: Applied Environmental Chemistry

3.0

 

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geology

Admissions:

Individuals interested in applying to the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geology should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. This degree should be in geology or closely related field  (natural, physical, or applied sciences, engineering), OR coursework of at least 20 credit hours in the natural and applied sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, environmental sciences, or engineering).

For those without the necessary background courses in undergraduate science and mathematics, some additional coursework would need to be completed prior to the start of the graduate certificate program. Prospective applicants to the program are encouraged to contact the program director at psm-ea@ku.edu to discuss past coursework.

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 assessment or environmental justice 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 fivecourses, for a total of 13 credit hours:

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

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