The Professional Geoscience Master’s program in the Boone Pickens School of Geology is a new fast-track program to orient a student towards industry and businesses. It is a 36 credit hour program, which includes three core courses (9 credit hours), four track-specific courses (12 credit hours), four electives (12 credit hours), and a capstone project (3 credit hours).
The core courses create the professional and geoscientific foundation for the student. All students enroll for a mandatory MBA course. Then, in consultation with a mentor, The student chooses two Geoscience courses from a predefined list. The track-specific courses advance a student's knowledge-base in one of the three topics - geophysics, petroleum geosciences, and hydrogeology. The student chooses four courses from a predefined track-specific list in consultation with a mentor.
The inter- and transdisciplinary electives open pathways for enabling geoscience implementation in a broader context and are meant to complement knowledge earned through core and emphasis courses. Currently, electives are being drawn from disciplines such as computer science or petroleum engineering or business and provide opportunities for graduate certificates. The student selects a minimum of four electives to complete the degree requirements.
Ultimately, a capstone project (an industry internship or an independent research project that addresses an industry-relevant problem) provides the student an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to address a cutting-edge problem using the skillsets earned through the program.
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Why Earn a Professional Master’s Degree?
The 21st century workforce demands readiness, flexibility, and a wide knowledge-base. Boone Pickens School of Geology, which has a legacy of creating prolific business-ready graduates for petroleum and groundwater industry, addresses the issue of workforce preparedness through its state-of-the-art professional science master’s program. The program will allow individuals to attain leadership in science and technology by specializing in one of three topics of their choice – geophysics, petroleum geosciences, and hydrogeology – while broadening their skillsets through a variety of elective courses such as big data analytics, high-performance computing, and business management. The “Professional Geoscience Master’s” program is our comprehensive answer to the post-pandemic needs of businesses that look for dynamic and committed employees with a broad knowledge of the field of Geosciences.
All courses, unless otherwise specified, are 3 credit hours.
- MBA 5300: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (1hr)
- MBA 5400: Descriptive Analytics (1hr)
- MBA 5500: Project Management (1hr)
Select any two.
- GEOL 6213: Plate Tectonics
- GEOL 5383: Sequence Stratigraphy
- GEOL 5223: Advanced Methods in Structural Geology
- GEOL 5333: Applied Geostatistics
- GEOL 5103: Introduction to Geophysical Exploration
- GEOL 5113: Seismic Interpretation
These courses will help a student understand the acquisition, processing and interpretation of a variety of geophysical datasets (seismic, electrical, gravity, and magnetics). Select any four.
1. GEOL 5103: Intro to Geophysical Exploration
2. GEOL 5113: Seismic Interpretation
3. GEOL 5990: Seismic Data Processing
4. GEOL 6103: Gravity and Magnetic
5. GEOL 6303: Electrical and Electromagnetic
These courses will help a student understand how oil and gas are generated, how they migrate through the Earth, and why and where they accumulate. Select any four.
1. GEOL 4023: Petroleum Geology
2. GEOL 5253: Diagenesis of Clastic Rocks
3. GEOL 5133: Structural Styles in Exploration
4. GEOL 5283: Subsurface Geologic Methods
5. GEOL 5353: Advanced Well Log Analysis
6. GEOL 5363: Carbonate Depositional Systems
These courses will help a student understand Groundwater systems for water supply, contaminant transport or remediation. Select any four.
1. GEOL 5453: Groundwater Modeling
2. GEOL 5463: Physical Hydrogeology
3. GEOL 5483: Integrated Petroleum Water Resources Management
4. GEOL 6553: Contaminant Transport
5. CIVE 5033: GIS for Water Resources
Select any four. We recommend selecting courses from the same group.
1. STAT 5093 : Statistical Computing
2. CS 5783 : Machine Learning
3. CS 5433 : Big Data Management
4. CS 5683 : Big Data Analytics
1. GEOG 5263 : Unmanned Aerial Systems
2. GEOG 5303 : Geographic Analysis I
3. GEOG 5343 : Advanced GIS
4. GEOL 5990 : Remote Sensing
High performance computing
1. CS 5033 : Parallel Algorithms and Programming
2. CS 5123 : Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems
3. CS 5513 : Numerical Computation
4. STAT 5053 : Time Series Analysis
1. BAN 5733 : Descriptive Business Analytics
2. BAN 5743 : Predictive Business Analytics
3. MSIS 5633 : Business Intelligence
4. MSIS 5643 : Advanced Data Base Management
1. CIVE 3714 : Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
2. CIVE 3813 : Environmental Engineering Science
3. CIVE 4123 : Legal & Regulatory Civil Engineering
4. SOIL 4893 : Soil Chem. and Environmental Quality
GEOL 5000: Internship / Independent Study
Admissions and Retention
1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
2. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). Students with lower GPA admitted to the program will be put on probation and will need to fill their knowledge gap through deficiency courses that will be determined by the admission committee at BPSG.
3. Demonstration of competency in core geosciences undergraduate courses through a “C” or better grade or professional experience:
i. Physical Geology (at least 3 Student Credit Hours (SCH))
ii. Historical Geology (at least 3 SCH)
iii. Mineralogy and Petrology (at least 3 SCH)
iv. Structural Geology (at least 3 SCH)
v. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (at least 3 SCH)
4. Demonstration of competency in core geosciences undergraduate courses through a “C” or better grade or professional experience:
i. Calculus I (at least 3 SCH)
ii. Calculus II (at least 3 SCH)
iii. Physics I (at least 3 SCH)
iv. Physics II (at least 3 SCH)
v. Chemistry I (at least 3 SCH)
vi. Chemistry II (at least 3 SCH)
5. Three letters of recommendation from current or former professors or employee supervisors. Personal endorsement letters (such as from friends or family members) will not be accepted.
6. Statement of Purpose (no more than one-page).
1. The student will complete a Progress Report every semester in consultation with the mentor clearly highlighting previous achievements and immediate expectations, indicating how well the student is progressing towards degree completion.
2. Enrollment in minimum of one course per semester or an approved leave of absence.
The following are required for graduation:
1. Completion of a capstone project to the satisfaction of the student’s committee along with a written report
2. No pending Incomplete (“I”) grades in the coursework contributing towards the professional master’s degree. A student can take more than 36 credit hours of course work. However, only 36 credit hours of coursework will be counted towards degree completion.
Cost and Assistance
Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as a graduate assistant.
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