Environmental Geology Degree Track

rosenstiel school
Master of Professional Science

Ever increasing urban development and industrial expansion cause stress and potential hazard for the environment and human health. In addition, global climate change in particular sea level rise is affecting millions of people in the US and around the world. Well trained professionals are needed who can identify, control, or eliminate sources of pollutants or hazards affecting the environment or public health. Environmental geoscientists collect and analyze air, water, and soil samples and analyze environmental data gathered by others to prevent, control, or fix environmental problems.

The Professional Master’s Degree in Environmental Geology offers students a specialized degree that combines knowledge in theoretical areas of geology with technical expertise in geochemistry, geophysics, and hydrogeology to address, study and mitigate naturally and anthropogenically-derived geologic hazards and topical issues of concern to society such as climate change and sea level rise. The degree requires a total of 30 credit hours and an internship and is typically completed in 12 – 18 months.

Environmental Geology

The Mission of Environmental Geology program is to provide an education for students who want to translate their passion for the environment into a fulfilling career.

The goal of the Master of Environmental Geology is to give the students a rigorous academic grounding in environmental geology and training in field and laboratory techniques for providing sound advice for 1) responsibly development of coastal and urban areas, and 2) mitigating naturally and anthropogenically-derived geologic hazards at the local and national levels.

Program Requirements

Gregor Paul Eberli

Environmental Geology Track


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Gregor Eberli is the Director of the CSL-Center for Carbonate Research, and in 2020, he was named the Robert N. Ginsburg Endowed Chair in Marine Geosciences. His research interests and specialties include carbonate sedimentology, seismic stratigraphy, and petrophysics of carbonates. His research has played a key role in assessing the effects of sea level fluctuations and ocean currents on carbonate systems...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
3 Core courses
MGS 611 Earth Surface Processes 3
MGS 637 /ECS 312  Environmental Site Assessment 3
MGS 628/ 528 Analyze and Visualize Geoscience Data  3
1 Elective course from:
MGS 613 Introduction to Geochemistry 3
MGS 535/635 Geological Hazards 3
MES 660 Introduction to GIS and GIS Laboratory 3
MGS536/636 Using Drones in Geoscience 3
MGS 514/614 Introduction Geophysics 3
Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
3 Core courses
MGS 638 Saltwater Intrusion in South Florida 3
MGS 634 Hydrological Hazards 3
MGS 527/627 Seismic Interpretations 3
1 Elective course from:
MGS 750 Stable Isotopes in Biogeochemical Processes 3
MGS 527/627 Analysis of Carbonate Cores and Logs 3
MGS 539/639 Preparation for Professional Geology Licensure 3
MGS 768 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry   3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
Internship for 3-6 months  6
Total Credit Hours 30

Enrollment in 6 internship credits is required during a student's time in MPS. These credits can be partly offset by taking more core courses or students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits; both options require the approval of the Program Director

Elective Options

Three core courses are required in each semester plus one additional elective course, totaling 24 course credits. Students may request additional elective courses instead of core courses with the consent of their Academic Advisor. Refer to the course schedules for a list of classes available on the Rosenstiel School campus. The course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more details, visit the UM Academic Bulletin.