Master of Science in Environmental Geochemistry:


The Masters in Environmental Geochemistry program is intended to provide: (1) an opportunity for CSM undergraduates to obtain, as part of a fifth year of study, a Masters in addition to the Bachelors degree; and (2) additional education for working professionals in the area of geochemistry as it applies to problems relating to the environment. This is a non-thesis Masters degree program administered by the Geochemistry program, and may be completed as part of a combined degree program by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at CSM, or by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees and who are interested in a graduate program that does not have the traditional research requirement. The program consists primarily of coursework in geochemistry and allied fields, with an emphasis on environmental applications. No research is required though the program does allow for independent study, professional development, internship, and cooperative experience.


Undergraduate students at CSM must declare an interest during their third year to allow for planning of coursework that will apply towards the program. These students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Students majoring in other departments besides the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry may want to decide on the combined degree program option earlier to be sure prerequisites are satisfied. Applicants other than CSM undergraduates who are applying for this non-thesis Masters degree program must follow the same procedures that all prospective graduate students follow. However, the requirement of the general GRE may be waived.


Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of the geochemistry faculty. Each department recognizes that entering students may not be proficient in both areas. A placement examination in geology and/or chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the interviewing faculty. If a placement examination is given, the results may be used to establish deficiency requirements. Credit toward a graduate degree will not be granted for courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.


A minimum of 30 credit hours are required, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. The overall course requirements will depend on the background of the individual, but may be tailored to professional objectives.

A 10 credit-hour core program consists of:

In addition, 14 credit hours must be selected from the following list:

  • GEGN466*: Groundwater Engineering,
  • CHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry,
  • CHGC509: Aqueous Geochemistry.
* If this course is transferred from the undergraduate program, another course must be substituted from the list below.

In addition, 14 credit hours must be selected from the following list:

  • CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry,
  • CHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry,
  • CHGC506: Water Analysis Laboratory,
  • GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry,
  • CHGC513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry,
  • CHGC514: Geochemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics,
  • CHGC527: Organic Geochemistry of Fossil Fuels and Ore Deposits,
  • GEOL530: Clay Characterization,
  • GEGN532: Geological Data Analysis,
  • GEOL550: Integrated Basin Modeling,
  • CHGC555: Environmental Organic Chemistry,
  • CHGC562: Microbiology and the Environment,
  • CHGC563: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory,
  • CHGC564: Biogeochemistry and Geomicrobiology,
  • GEGN575: Applications of Geographic Information Systems,
  • GEGN581: Advanced Groundwater Engineering,
  • GEGN583: Mathematical Modeling of Groundwater Systems,
  • ESGN586: Molecular Microbial Ecology and the Environment,
  • CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry,
  • GEGN683: Advanced Groundwater Modeling.
The selection of courses mentioned in the previous paragraph must include at least one laboratory course (CHGC506 or GEOL530).

An additional 6 credit-hours of free electives may be selected to complete the 30 credit-hour requirement. Free electives may be selected from the list above, and may also be independent study credits (CHGN599, GEGN599 or GEOL599) taken to fulfill a research, cooperative, or other professional development experience. A course program will be designed in advanced through consultation between the student and an advisor from the Geochemistry Committee of the Whole.

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