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Master of Science in Geoscience

The graduate program in Geoscience provides advanced professional training for careers such as hydrologists, environmental resource managers, city and regional planners, engineering geologists, geophysical and geochemical geologists, meteorologists and climatologists, earth science teachers, geographic information systems (GIS) specialists, consultants in business and industry, and professional educators. The program also provides a scientific foundation for graduate students who plan to continue advanced studies leading to a Ph.D.

Joint Undergraduate-Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree is also offered as a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Click here for more information.

Program Admissions

Please refer to the admission section of the graduate catalog for admission requirements.

  • A resume or CV
  • Focused 1-2 page description of research interests, including potential research topics with an identified theme, defined problem, and/or potential questions that demonstrate knowledge of a field of interest within the geosciences and how these intersect with current faculty expertise within the department
  • Written evidence of an agreement from a graduate faculty member in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences willing to supervise the proposed research project

Program Requirements

Required Courses

GEOS 500 Geoscience Research and Literacy 3
GEOS 502 Geoscience Research Methods 3
GEOS 520 Geoscience Statistical Methods 3
GEOS 599 Thesis Writing and Research 6
Select 15 hours from GEOS, GEOL, and/or GEOG graduate courses appropriate to support the thesis research project and approved by the thesis director.1
Total Hours

1A maximum of six hours of advisor-approved electives that are consistent with the student's research focus may be selected from other departments.

Dr. Jason Polk
- Professor, Director of CHNGES, Geoscience Program Coordinator
  • jason.polk@wku.edu
  • EST 407
  • 270-745-5015
  • Areas of Interest: Groundwater, caves & karst, climate change, environmental management, international development, service learning


Geological Sciences

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #31066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066

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