Subsurface Geoscience

The Professional Science Master's Program at Rice, offers a curriculum with focus on developing a holistic and practical knowledge of the industry. Additionally, Rice University via its collaborative programs in the heart of the Energy Capital, Houston, enables valuable exposure to the oil and gas industry forums, internships and industry mentors. This offers further competitive advantage for its graduates providing them with direct industry insights.

– Tauseef Salma, Vice President, Global Chemicals, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Students in the Professional Master’s Program benefit from Rice’s highly recognized academic resources enhanced with professional components that together foster the development of essential science, communication, and management skills. The (Subsurface Geoscience) track creates a rare breed of well-prepared professionals possessing the wide range of abilities necessary to devise innovative and pragmatic approaches to tackle difficult industry problems.

– André Erlich, Chief Information Officer, Schlumberger Ltd. (retired)


The Subsurface Geoscience program is geared for students who would like to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to find and develop reserves of oil and natural gas, and/or hone their skills in manipulating and managing energy-related data.

The core requirements for the degree are strong courses in geophysical exploration methods, management and policy courses, communication skills, and include an industrial internship or work experience. Students select a group of elective courses from a focus area (see below), or from a variety of other courses related to their interest.

  • The Geology focus area prepares students to be "explorationists," with strong skills in using seismic and other geophysical methods along with geological principles to find oil and natural gas.
  • The Geophysics focus area prepares students to become technical experts in aspects of exploration seismology.
  • The Energy Data Management focus area prepares students to understand exploration and production as a data-driven business, to become data enabled geoscientists to match demands in the energy industry.

Students have the opportunity to participate in field trips. This clip accompanies Geoscience students on their field trip to Belize in October 2017.

Faculty involved in the Subsurface Geoscience Program:

  • Cin-Ty Lee, Chair, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences -

DEEPS Professors:

Adjunct Faculty: