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Take a deeper dive into geology

The graduate programs offered by the Department of Geology can be tailored to your interests and career goals. You can choose a thesis or a non-thesis option, and you can pursue coursework from a wide range of specialized areas of study:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Petrology
  • Sedimentology
  • Structural geology

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in exciting faculty research projects and apply for graduate assistantships. You’ll graduate with the specialized skills and hands-on experience you need to take your career to the next level.

Master of Science in Geology

Students interested in a Master of Science in general geology may pursue a thesis or non-thesis option.

The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework, including:

  • 18 hours of graduate geology coursework from at least three different major fields of geologic study (i.e. hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy or structural geology)
  • Three hours each of thesis research (GOL 589) and thesis writing (GOL 590)
  • Six hours of additional coursework as approved by the graduate committee, which may include coursework from other university programs

The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework, including:

  • 30 hours of graduate geology coursework from at least five different major fields of geologic study (i.e. hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy or structural geology)
  • Six hours of additional coursework as approved by the graduate committee, which may include coursework from other university programs. 

Master of Science in Natural Science – Geology Option

Students interested in a Master of Science in natural science – geology option may pursue a thesis or non-thesis option.

The thesis option requires a minimum of: 

  • 24 semester hours of graduate courses
  • Six graduate hours of GOL 589 and 590 for writing and defense of a thesis 

The non-thesis option requires a minimum of:

  • 36 semester hours of graduate courses

 

Contact

Department of Geology
936.468.3701
geology@sfasu.edu

Physical Address:
Miller Science Building 
Room 301

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13011, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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