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MST Earth Sciences

Course Description

Program Description:

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers two master’s degree programs—the Master of Science and Master of Science in Teaching (Earth Science). The Master of Science program prepares students for careers as professional earth scientists in industry, government, or education, or for continued graduate study. Current research focus areas of the department include Aquatic Biogeochemistry, Hydrogeology, Geophysics, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing, Complex Earth Processes, Paleoecology and Sedimentary Environments, and Earth Science Education. The department is widely recognized for its applied and multidisciplinary programs and maintains a strong emphasis on practical field applications.

Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/degrees-and-programs/catalog/programs/earth-sciences-mst

Course detail

A non-thesis M.S. degree option is available for individuals seeking to gain expertise in earth or environmental sciences who already have an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in science or engineering from an accredited university, and who have completed a research thesis or dissertation.


The Master of Science in Teaching (Earth Science) program is designed for K–12 educators seeking to build their Earth/Space science content knowledge and pedagogical skills. Students in this program can take a variety of traditional, on-line and field based courses, as well as up to 10 semester hours of education courses through the College of Education and Human Services. Up to 12-quarter hours or 8-semester hours of graduate courses may be eligible for transfer.

Research/Areas of Expertise:

Research on exploration seismic studies include gathering of industry standard vibroseis and dynamite seismic lines, processing of seismic lines, correlation of seismic attributes with fluid content and mapping structures and facies changes in the Midwestern subsurface. We also carry out near-surface geophysical studies related to environmental and engineering problems includes geophysical archaeology, karst/mine detection and mapping, geophysical mapping of levee integrity, and detection of old coal mines from scattering of in-seam seismic waves generated by active mining nearby. Additional research includes the study of long-period seismic waves for direct monitoring and detection of subsurface fluids.

Current projects in environmental geochemistry include studies of 1) nutrients and trace metals in Ohio watersheds, 2) mercury cycling in marine environments, 3) trace metal geochemistry and toxicity in river sediments, 4) application of environmental isotopes for the investigation of hydrologic systems and biogeochemistry of natural waters, 5) the impacts of land use and cover on water quality, 6) biotransformation processes of organic pollutants in wetlands and similar vegetated aquatic environments, and 7) abiotic degradation of environmental pollutants by nanoscale reductants and mineral phases.

Current research in subsurface fluid flow and transport modeling includes projects that address heterogeneity at scales ranging from centimeters to kilometers. Projects within this area focus on CO2 sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and combined surface/ground water flow in the hyporheic zone. Other recent projects have focused on the hydraulics of fractured rocks, and the characterization of hazardous waste repositories.

Computational research utilizes the mathematical tools of fractals, chaos, and complexity to analyze, model, and forecast future behavior of complex systems. Current research topics include the temporal dynamics of stream and river discharge, temporal clustering of reversals of the Earth's magnetic field, shoreline dynamics, and the temporal variation of climate over the past one million years.

Current research projects in clastic sedimentology focus on facies analysis of Paleozoic fluvial sandstones, Pleistocene glacial (fluvial and lacustrine) sediments, and the effects of sedimentary structures and facies distributions on ground water flow.

Excellent cooperative academic and research relationships exist with other departments on campus and with surrounding colleges and universities in southwestern Ohio. The department has wide-ranging capabilities and can accommodate through its facilities a very broad range of research ideas.

How to apply: http://www.wright.edu/apply

Graduate Scholarships

Wright State University offers several scholarship opportunities to graduate students, including:
• Graduate assistantships
• Tuition scholarships
• Fellowships
• Stipends

Often these awards require the student to serve in an employment-like capacity for the awarding department or college in order to be eligible and maintain eligibility. Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/graduate-scholarships

Visit the MST Earth Sciences page on the Wright State University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Science degree must possess a Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Arts degree from a recognized institution. Students must have a strong background in earth or environmental sciences with appropriate courses in supporting sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

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