Professional Science Masters in Applied Science with concentration 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 program separates itself from traditional thesis-based research MS degrees in Geology and/or Hydrogeology through its direct integration of project management, communication, and other professional skills courses. The degree also requires a professional capstone project that is tailored to match a student's career goals. The program is intended to develop future government and industry professional leaders in environmental geology and to supply working professionals with a broad toolbox for addressing environmental problems. It may be completed in as little as two years, or at a pace appropriate to a non-traditional student lifestyle.
Coursework for the PSM in Environmental Geology degree is offered entirely online or in online-hybrid mode, with the exception of the three (3) required 1-credit-hour field techniques workshop courses, which are offered in-person. The field courses typically meet at the Edwards or Lawrence campus on Saturdays, and are supplemented with online materials. Students may, alternatively, attend a week-long summer field course which is held in Colorado, and earn three workshop credit hours to fulfill the program's workshop requirements.
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.