Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography and the Environment, M.S.


About the Geography and the Environment Master’s Program


The 30-hour master’s degree in Geography and the Environment has two options: 1) a thesis-based program designed for students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. or research-based career and 2) a non-thesis program intended for students who seek to acquire advanced employment skills. Both programs are designed to provide students with critical thinking skills, specific geographic expertise, spatial analysis techniques, and research experience.

Thesis Option:


Students entering the Geography and the Environment master’s program are strongly encouraged to write a thesis. The thesis is an original and significant piece of research. The thesis option requires: GEOG 5300 , 15 hours in the major (GEOG and GIST courses), 6 hours in the minor or an additional 6 hours in the major, 6 hours of GEOG 6000  (Thesis).

Non-thesis Option:


Students entering the Geography and the Environment master’s program may choose to pursue their degree under a non-thesis option. Under this option, a project is assigned to the student according to his/her interests and background and it is designed to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate geographic knowledge and skills. The non-thesis option requires: GEOG 5300 , 18 hours in the major (GEOG and GIST courses comprise the major), 6 hours in the minor or an additional 6 hours in the major, 3 hours of GEOG 7000  (for the project).