M.S. in Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences offers the master of science degree in Earth sciences with options in geology, oceanography, ocean mapping, and a specialization in geochemical systems. The department also offers the master of science degree in hydrology. Graduate students in the department may conduct research through, among others, the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the M.S. program is expected to have completed one year of calculus and at least four semesters of college chemistry, physics, and/or biology. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the GRE. Students lacking some background in a particular area may be admitted provided they are prepared to complete courses, without graduate credit, in which they may be deficient. The program of study a student wishes to follow and the student's undergraduate major determine the level of preparation necessary. The preparation of each student is determined before the beginning of the first semester in residence in order to plan the course of study. Each entering student is assigned an academic advisor to assist in planning a program of study. For information about how to apply, please visit the UNH Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

Students in the M.S. programs are required to complete the core curriculum for their respective areas. Students in the thesis option must satisfactorily complete 30 credits, which include the credits accumulated in the core curriculum. Students in this option must complete a master's thesis (6 credits) and give an oral presentation of the results.

Students in the nonthesis option must satisfactorily complete 34 credits, which includes the core curriculum, a 2-credit directed research project, and a written and oral presentation of that research.

Ocean Mapping Option

The core curriculum for the option in ocean mapping normally includes:

ESCI 858   Introduction Physical Oceanography
ESCI 859   Geological Oceanography
ESCI 871   Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping
ESCI 872   Applied Tools for Ocean Mapping
ESCI 874   Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems
ESCI 875   Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II
MATH 831   Mathematics for Geodesy
ESCI 972   Hydrographic Field Course
ESCI 997   Seminar in Earth Sciences
ESCI 998   Proposal Development








For this option, a total of 36 credits, including thesis or directed research project, is normally required.

IHO/FIG/ICA Category A Recognition

Students may fulfill the Category A (professional) International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Association (IHO/FIG/ICA) Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors by completing some additional specialized requirements.