Environmental Geology, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Geology (online)


Head of Department: Craig Lundstrom

Online Programs Faculty Coordinator: Cory Pettijohn


Online Programs: https://www.iGeology.illinois.edu/

Department Website: https://www.geology.illinois.edu/

College Website: https://las.illinois.edu/


Overview of Graduate College Admissions & Requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


Program Contact: Cory Pettijohn, Online Programs Faculty Coordinator

Phone: (217) 244-9867

Email: jcpettij@illinois.edu


The fully-online Environmental Geology M.S. degree program requires 32 credit hours (thesis not required), 12 of which must be at the 500-level (8 in GEOL). Students must work with their program advisor to individualize their program and the required capstone research project. Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, 12 of which must be from within the unit. All students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A = 4.0). If the GPA falls below this minimum after 12 graduate hours of graded coursework, it must be raised to 3.0 or above after the completion of 12 additional graduate hours of graded coursework and must be maintained at or above the minimum thereafter. 
For additional details and requirements refer to the department’s Graduate Degree Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.


Graduate Degree Programs in Geology

Geology, MS

Environmental Geology, MS (online)

Geology, PhD

The Department of Geology offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Geology and the Doctor of Philosophy in Geology. Students have a wide variety of choices in their courses and research programs. Departmental research programs include many aspects of geology, geochemistry, and geophysics.


Admission

The admission requirements of the Graduate College apply. In addition, at least one year each of study in college-level calculus, chemistry, and physics is required for admission to graduate work in geology. At least three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic recommenders. For more information, write to Dr. Cory Pettijohn, Online Programs Faculty Coordinator. Application deadlines: Fall semester - June 15; Spring semester - November 15; Summer term - March 15.

Financial Aid

This online program is self-supporting and DOES NOT accept the following tuition and fee waivers (TFWs):  Non-Academic waivers (including UIUC employees and employees of other state institutions), Academic waivers from UIUC, UIC and UIS employees, Related Agency waivers, waivers granted through fellowships/assistantships as governed by the Graduate College at UIUC, or Retiree waivers.  Students in these programs are not eligible to hold a waiver generating graduate appointment (Assistantship or Fellowship). Full time employees may be admitted to these programs, but their employee waiver is not eligible for use towards this program. This program accepts statutory waivers (veteran grants, etc.)

for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Geology (online)


The fully-online Environmental Geology M.S. degree program requires 32 credit hours (thesis not required), 12 of which must be at the 500-level (8 in GEOL). Students must work with their program advisor to individualize their program and the required capstone research project. Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, 12 of which must be from within the unit. All students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A = 4.0). If the GPA falls below this minimum after 12 graduate hours of graded coursework, it must be raised to 3.0 or above after the completion of 12 additional graduate hours of graded coursework and must be maintained at or above the minimum thereafter. See approved elective course list at https://geology.illinois.edu/environmental-geology-online-ms-approved-courses:

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Degree Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.


Complete 2 of the following core courses focusing on geodata science and analysis:7-8
GGIS/GEOL 407Foundations of CyberGIS & Geospatial Data Science4
Earth Systems Modeling (crosslist with GEOL 481)
Risk Analysis in Earth Science (crosslist with GEOL 485)
Environmental Consulting (crosslist with GEOL 486)
GIS for Geology
Data Science for the Geosciences
Complete 3 of the following courses focusing on advanced topics:10-12
Investigating the Earth’s Interior
Environmental Geophysics
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Challenges of Sustainability (crosslist with GEOL 483)
Water Chemistry & Bioremediation
Hydrogeology with Python
Additional 400-500 level courses as needed to meet or exceed the minimum credit hour requirement of the program. Selected in consultation with the program advisor; chosen from courses in the Core and Advanced Topics lists (if not taken to meet those requirements) or from a list of electives maintained by the department.4-11
GEOL 598Capstone Research Project4 or 8
Total Hours 32

Other Requirements

Proposed Requirement
Other requirements may overlap.
Successful completion of the program requires a written capstone report.
At least 12 of the 32 required hours must be in GEOL (8 at the 500-level).
At least 12 of the 32 required hours must be in 500-level courses.
Course substitutions are permitted with the consent of the departmental advisor.
A maximum of 2 elective courses may be taken CR/NC.
All students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A = 4.0). If the GPA falls below this minimum after 12 or more graduate hours of graded coursework, it must be raised to 3.0 or above after the completion of 12 additional graduate hours of graded coursework and must be maintained at or above the minimum thereafter.