Graduate Programs

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science (Geology)
  • Master of Science (Geological Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Geology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
  • Master of Engineering (Geological Engineer) (Non-Thesis)
  • Professional Master Degree (Petroleum Reservoir Systems) (Non- Thesis)
  • Professional Master Degree (Mineral Exploration) (Non-Thesis)

Program Description

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geology; and Master of Engineering, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geological Engineering. Professional Master Degrees are offered in Petroleum Reservoir Systems and Mineral Exploration. Geological Engineering degrees require possession or acquisition of an undergraduate engineering degree or its equivalent.

Graduate students desiring to study ground water, engineering geology/ geotechnics, mining engineering geology and some environmental applications are generally expected to pursue the Geological Engineering degree. Students desiring to study petroleum or minerals exploration or development sciences, and/or geology generally pursue Geology degrees. Students are initially admitted to either geoscience or geological engineering degree programs and must receive approval of the GE department Graduate Advisory Committee to switch degree category.

Geoscience students may also choose among several interdisciplinary graduate programs comprised of faculty from several different CSM departments. The most common choices are Geochemistry, Hydrologic Science and Engineering, and Underground Construction and Tunneling.  Please see sections in the Bulletin for each of these programs.

Prerequisites for Geology Degrees

No specific pre-requisites are required for admission to the Geology Degree program. However, it is highly recommended that the candidates have the following courses prior to application:

  • General Geology
  • Field camp or equivalent (6 weeks)
  • Structural Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of physical or organic)
  • Mathematics (2 semesters of calculus)
  • An additional science course (other than geology) or advanced mathematics
  • Physics (2 semesters)

The student’s committee will reserve the right to request that students complete additional identified courses prior to granting of a degree of Master of Science (Geology) or Doctor of Philosophy (Geology).