Graduate Student Master Degrees

M.S. in Geoscience with a concentration in Earth and Space Sciences

This Master’s degree program is for:

• Earth Science teachers who have initial certification in Earth Science but need a Master’s degree to become fully certified

• Teachers in science or other disciplines, who need a master’s degree and want to be certified in Earth Science

The new Graduate Earth Science Courses are for:

• Students in the MS program

•Teachers in other disciplines with a Master's degree who would like to be dually certified.

• Science teachers with a Master's degree who need graduate courses to meet their continuing education or professional development requirements. 

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This MS degree program was developed to accommodate science teachers and includes new earth science graduate courses in astronomy, atmospheric sciences and geosciences specifically designed to cover in detail and depth the material taught in the New York State earth science curriculum.

The emphasis will be on understanding and describing processes so that teachers will be able to more easily convey this information to the earth science students.

For further information on the M.S. degree with concentration in Earth and Space Sciences, click here.

M.S. Degree with a concentration in Hydrology

The non-thesis M.S. program with a concentration in hydrogeology is designed to give those with a B.S. degree in physical sciences a solid foundation of theoretical and practical graduate training emphasizing the physical and geochemical aspects of hydrogeology. Coursework and a final research project totaling 30 graduate credits are arranged to accommodate working professionals, with most courses taught in the evenings. This is a part-time degree program. A formal thesis is not required. Coursework includes groundwater hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, rock and soil physics, numerical hydrology, statistics and probability, and organic contaminant hydrology. Final research projects are arranged individually with faculty supervisors and are designed to give students experience in field, laboratory, or theoretical approaches. 

Download the M.S. Program with Concentration in Hydrology Guide for more details.

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M.A.T. Degree in Earth Science

The Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science leads to provisional certification for teaching earth science in secondary schools in New York State. It also prepares the student for the examination for permanent certification. There is no residence requirement. Students must complete at least one year of college-level study of a foreign language. Students interested in the M.A.T. program must apply through the School of Professional Development. Apply here: School of Professional Development.

Further information on the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Earth Science See link: M.A.T. in Earth Sciences
and contact Professor Gilbert Hanson, Room 310 ESS Building, Tel. (631) 632-8210, Email: gilbert.hanson@sunysb.edu

    • Formal Coursework:

Students are required to complete with an average grade of B or higher 15 credits in earth science courses and 27 credits in pedagogical courses and teaching experience. The departmental M.A.T. advisor, in consultation with the student, will determine a set of earth science courses for the M.A.T. degree in Earth Science.

    • Recommendation of the Department for the M.A.T.:

When all program requirements are completed, the departmental M.A.T. advisor will consult with the director of the Science Education Program to determine whether all state-mandated education courses have been completed. If they conclude that all requirements have been met, they will inform the associate dean of the School of Professional Development that the requirements for provisional certification have been fulfilled and recommend to the dean of the Graduate School that the M.A.T. degree should be granted.

    • Time Limit:

Although full-time students can complete all requirements for the M.A.T. degree within three semesters, part-time students will require additional time to complete the degree requirements.

Final responsibility for adhering to degree requirements and meeting all deadlines rests solely with the student.

Further information on the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Earth Science can be found at the following link: M.A.T. in Earth Sciences

 
Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200