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The Master of Science in Geosciences provides an advanced degree that prepares students to work in private industry or government agencies, teach in community colleges or high schools, or continue postgraduate studies leading to a doctoral degree at another university. The graduate program also gives professional geoscientists an opportunity to update and upgrade their job skills.

The Department of Earth & Climate Sciences’ faculty has expertise in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and paleoclimate –fields critical to understanding many environmental problems, such as air and water contamination, active faulting, coastal erosion, and global warming. There are no formal concentrations within the M.S. program, but most students choose to emphasize research that is aligned with the faculty area of expertise. We encourage students to work on interdisciplinary projects, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. We also encourage students to develop linkages with other departments in the university, and with agencies and firms in the local region.

All students take courses in their respective areas of emphasis plus a common core of three courses: ERTH 700, a multidisciplinary seminar that exposes students to current geoscientific research and literature, and ERTH 701 and ERTH 702, which prepare students for thesis research, quantitative analyses and scientific writing. Thesis projects are expected to have a rigorous base in a geoscience discipline. Depending on the particular field and focus of study, these projects can involve laboratory research, fieldwork, theory development, numerical simulations or model development.

Recent graduate research projects have focused on topics such as active faults in Death Valley, effects of climate change on regional aquifers, geomorphic controls on Bay Area streams, deformation associated with the San Andreas fault system, Pliocene–Pleistocene climate change, large-scale tectonic processes in the Himalayan Mountains, carbon cycling in the ocean, wave erosion at Ocean Beach, and characteristics of severe storms in California. We encourage students to work on interdisciplinary projects and develop interactions and collaborations with other departments in the University, other institutions and agencies, and private industry.

We strongly recommend that students plan a course of study before beginning the M.S. program, in consultation with a faculty advisor and the graduate coordinator.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Geosciences:

  • Students can access information about previous research that is relevant to their own study, and they can organize that information and incorporate it into their writing (thesis proposal and thesis manuscript).
  • Students can formulate a research question and develop a detailed plan to address their research question.
  • Students can work independently to collect appropriate data and evaluate its quality.
  • Students can use quantitative methods to analyze research data.
  • Students can write clear, well-organized explanations of their research goals, methods, results, and implications.
  • Students can obtain entrance into a doctoral program or find employment in their filed of interest.

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College of Science and Engineering

Öğrenim seçenekleri

Full Time (30 kredi saati)

Okul ücreti
US$14,898.00 (TRY 200,592) Yıllık
Başlangıç tarihi

Ağustos 2022


College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Giriş koşulları

Amerika gelen öğrenciler için

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and the equivalent major coursework for the program area to which application is made.

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

Have a bachelor's degree in one of the geosciences (geology, meteorology, or oceanography) or a related discipline.

Have a 3.0 GPA in their earned undergraduate degree or last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

The Department of Earth & Climate Sciences will meet three times to review applications for the Fall semester. Applications that are completed by January 15 are considered in the first round of reviews.

Seçtiğiniz bölüme bağlı olarak farklı IELTS koşulları olabilir.


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