Earth and Environmental Sciences (ERTH)

Graduate Degrees

MS Geosciences(opens in new window) or MS Environmental Sciences(opens in new window)

The MS programs in Geosciences and Environmental Sciences are both designed for students who wish to transition from an undergraduate degree to the workforce in professional science, or for students who desire additional research experience before entering a postgraduate degree program. Several tracks of study are available, including geology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, applied ecology and the Professional Masters Program. The curriculum is composed of several core courses within a discipline followed by courses selected by the student’s individual needs or interest.

Our faculty conducts active research in applied ecology, ecohydrology, geochemistry, hydrology, atmospheric science, volcanology, structural geology, paleontology, sedimentary geology, igneous petrology and economic geology.

The department maintains high expectations and standards for professional conduct and productivity which prepare students to meet their specific goals. 

Mission Statement

The Master’s Degree Program offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at CSU Chico is designed to help students prepare for a professional career in science. Training in research expertise is emphasized through a field-based, laboratory-based or interdisciplinary research project.

Program Goals

By the end of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of historic and current literature and methods within their chosen field of study (e.g., petrology, ecology, geochemistry, sedimentology, etc.) including foundational material as well as current directions within the larger field. Students should be able to articulate how their contributions fit within a larger framework of scientific knowledge and investigation.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to be independent, creative, analytical and critical thinkers within the scope of the discipline, including a basic understanding of research or project design, methods, and data analyses pertinent to their research area.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to contribute to the scholarship and practices of their disciplines.
  4. Analyze and communicate orally and in writing data, methods and interpretations.


Admissions Information

Information for Current Graduate Students

For more information, contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Hannah Aird