Professional Science Masters in Environmental Geology
The Department of Geology in collaboration with the KU Edwards Campus now offers an online professional science masters (PSM) degree in environmental geology. This applied two-year program separates itself from traditional thesis-based research MS degrees in Geology and/or Hydrogeology through its direct integration of management, communication, and case study based coursework, with a focus of developing future government and industry professional leaders in environmental geology with a broad toolbox to address environmental problems.
Coursework for the PSM in Environmental Geology degree is offered online, with the exception of the three (3) required 1-credit-hour field techniques courses, offered in-person at the Edwards Campus. These courses are in a workshop format that will be a single day or a weekend.
Environmental geology is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to address and study anthropogenically-derived and naturally occurring environmental hazards on Earth. The field is grounded in basic geological sub-disciplines such as mineralogy, sedimentology and stratigraphy but has primary focus on hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics and components of engineering geology. These sub-disciplines and the associated field and laboratory techniques in the form of a PSM program lead to an applied understanding of how to utilize geophysical, geochemical and hydrogeological techniques to evaluate, remediate, and monitor the impact or potential impact of contamination.