Geology M.S.

This option is for students seeking a broad background in geology and also for those wishing to study one area in depth. These goals are accomplished through a set of common requirements, core courses and electives for a total of at least 30 credits (34 for non-thesis option). Most students who enter this program have undergraduate degrees in geology or earth sciences. Those with other majors may have to make-up selected undergraduate courses.

The core curriculum for the M.S. Geology degree includes at least three courses from:

ESCI 826: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
ESCI 831: Geodynamics
ESCI 834: Geophysics
ESCI 835: Earthquakes and Faulting
ESCI 841: Geochemistry
ESCI 845: Isotope Geochemistry
ESCI 854: Sedimentology
ESCI 856: Geotectonics
ESCI 859: Geological Oceanography
ESCI 862: Glacial Geology
ESCI 866: Volcanology

In addition, ESCI 997 (Seminar in Earth Sciences, 1 cr.) and ESCI 998 (Proposal Development, 1 cr.) are required each semester of the first year, and ESCI 899 (Thesis, 6 cr. ) for those students pursuing the thesis option. Those pursuing the non-thesis option are required to take 2 credits of ESCI 898 (Directed Research). Other courses that are commonly used as electives are:

ESCI 803: Fluvial Hydrology
ESCI 805: Principles of Hydrology
ESCI 810: Groundwater Hydrology
EOS 813: Biogeochemical Dynamics
ESCI 847: Aqueous Geochemistry
ESCI 852: Chemical Oceanography
ESCI 865: Paleoclimatology
ESCI 895, 896: Independent Study

Students and faculty are engaged in research on paleontology, paleoclimatology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, bedrock geology, glacial geology, applied geophysics, coastal processes and geochemistry. The department has a wide range of modern research instrumentation and excellent computer facilities. New Hampshire is famous for plutonic and metamorphic rocks as well as Quaternary glacial and glacial-marine deposits.

Prospective students are urged to contact the graduate program director or individual professors to learn more about activities, opportunities and financial aid (teaching assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships) at the University of New Hampshire.

For additional information, please contact:

Anne Lightbody
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Road, James Hall 236
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1718
(603) 862-2649 (fax)

Faculty with Geology and Geophysics Interests


Margaret S. Boettcher
geophysics, seismology
Julie Bryce
igneous petrology/geochemistry, volcanology
Rosemarie Came
paleoclimatology, paleoceanography
J. Matthew Davis
groundwater hydrology, hydrogeology
William C. Clyde
paleontology, stratigraphy


James Gardner
ocean mapping, image analysis methods


Joel E. Johnson
marine geology, sedimentology


Jo Laird
petrology, regional geology, mineralogy


Joseph M. Licciardi
glacial geology


Larry A. Mayer
marine geology, ocean mapping


Larry G. Ward
sedimentology, coastal processes