Earth Systems Science, MS
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This is a shared program between the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciencesand the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.
The program addresses the growing demand for trained professionals in the Earth sciences. The degree emphasizes a research-oriented, global systems approach to studying the Earth and its systems- the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere, including their interrelationships and interactions with the biosphere. Emphasis is on the observation, measurement, and analysis of Earth’s systems.
Most student research projects and theses will relate to geologic and geographic topics, however studies of related topics in Earth science are welcome. Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of Earth systems science and the requisite tools, specifically pertaining to the area of Earth science that they choose to investigate. Students are encouraged to undertake a master’s thesis but may choose a research project. In the latter case, students must pass a comprehensive exam.
University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.
To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.
For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.
Total credits: 30
Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.
Candidates must complete 10 credits of GGS courses and 10 credits of GEOL/CLIM courses towards their requirements. (“Culminating Experience” credits do not count towards this requirement).
|Select one course from each of the following groups:||9|
|Introduction to Physical Climate System|
|Introduction to Atmosphere and Weather|
|Atmospheric Physics I|
|Physical and Dynamical Oceanography|
or GEOL 601
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Geographic Information Systems|
|Earth Image Processing|
|Earth Science Data and Advanced Data Analysis|
Courses can be substituted with advisor approval
Choose the culminating experience of either a thesis or a project (either must total 3 credits):
|Select 3 credits from the following:||3|
|Master’s Thesis in Earth Systems Science|
|Master’s Thesis in Climate|
|Select one from the following:||1|
|Climate Comprehensive Exam|
|Select one from the following:||2|
|Research Project in Earth Systems Science|
|Master’s Research Project in Earth Systems Science|
|Master’s Climate Research Project|
Also see the University Thesis, Dissertation, or Project Guide for format and content suggestions.
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