Subsurface Geoscience Coursework

Courses offered by the Departments of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Computer Science, Computational and Applied Mathematics, and Economics as well as management and business courses from the Jones School of Business have been incorporated into the curriculum. Students will enroll in courses team-taught by industry leaders. Decision Making and Economics in the Energy Industry introduces students to essential components of decision making in the energy business, emphasizing risk analysis, and Exploration Geophysics exposes students to the principles and procedures involved in geophysical exploration.

Recommended Background

Applicants for the Professional Master's in Subsurface Geoscience must have:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree in a related science or engineering program that included course work in general physics, chemistry, calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations
  • Completed course work in geology and/or geophysics is preferred
  • Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Completed course work in computer skills, and some programming are preferred

The Subsurface Geoscience degree requires a total of 40 credit hours, and an internship.

The MSSG degree offers three areas of specialization: Geology, Geophysics, or Energy Data Management

Core Requirements for all 3 areas of specialization

Core Science Courses: (12-13 credit hours)

ESCI 549 Energy Data Management and Data Governance

ESCI 558 3D SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA INTERPRETATION

ESCI 636 WELL LOGGING AND PETROPHYSICS

ESCI 615 DECISION MAKING AND ECONOMICS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

OR ESCI 545 HYDROCARBON SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Cohort Courses (9 credit hours)

NSCI 501 PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S SEMINAR (2 semesters required)

NSCI 511 SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS

NSCI 512 PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S PROJECT

NSCI 610/ENGI 610 MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Three to Six Month Internship
A three- to six-month internship under the guidance of a host company, government agency, or national laboratory is required. At the conclusion of this internship, students must present their internship project in both oral and written forms as part of the Professional Master’s Project.

Area of Specialization: Student must select 1 of the following Areas of Specialization:

Energy Data Management

Geology

Geophysics

In addition to above requirements, please note additional requirements for the various focus areas:

ENERGY DATA MANAGEMENT FOCUS AREA:

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

ESCI 570** COMPUTATIONAL AND DATA SCIENCE IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

ESCI 571 TOOLS, METHODS & BEST PRACTICES FOR DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS

OR COMP 533 INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE SYSTEMS

ESCI 530 DATA SCIENCE for ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOSCIENCES APPLICATIONS

Elective Requirements: Student must select 9 credit hours according to their interest:

Either from ESCI courses such as:

ESCI 562 GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

or otherESCI courses according to interest - see other elective areas

and/or

CEVE 528/ENGI 528 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS

COMP 543 GRADUATE TOOLS AND MODELS FOR DATA SCIENCE

COMP 556/ELEC 556 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER NETWORKS

DSCI 535 DATA SCIENCE PROJECTS

ECON 601 ENERGY ECONOMICS I

ESCI 652 GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

GLBL 543 ENERGY POLICY

MGMT 610 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

MGMT 661 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

MGMT 670 OPERATIONS STRATEGY

MGMT 676 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

STAT 518 PROBABILITY

or others ....

GEOLOGY FOCUS AREA

Core Requirements (6 credit hours)

ESCI 626 INTERPRETATION OF REGIONAL 2-D SEISMIC DATA

or ESCI 663 STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION OF TECTONIC SYSTEMS

ESCI 627 SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

Elective Requirements: Student must select 12 credit hours from the following:

ESCI 334 GEOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES

ESCI 507 APPLIED SEDIMENTOLOGY II

ESCI 527 SEMINAR: QUANTITATIVE PETROLEUM SYSTEMS ANALYSIS 2

ESCI 544 HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION

ESCI 545 HYDROCARBON SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

ESCI 557 SPECIAL TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE

ESCI 564 SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA PROCESS

ESCI 626 INTERPRETATION OF REGIONAL 2-D SEISMIC DATA

ESCI 627 SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

ESCI 642 EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS

ESCI 652 GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

ESCI 661 SEISMOLOGY I

ESCI 662 TECTONOPHYSICS

ESCI 663 STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION OF TECTONIC SYSTEMS

ESCI 664 GLOBAL TECTONICS

ESCI 665 APPLIED ROCK PHYSICS

MGMT 610 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

*Substitutions for required or elective courses may be approved by the Track Advisor.

GEOPHYSICS FOCUS AREA

Core Requirements: (6 credit hours)

ESCI 640 Digital Signal Processing

ESCI 641 Inverse Methods

Elective Requirements: Student must select 12 credit hours from the following:

ESCI 334 GEOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES

ESCI 544 HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION

ESCI 545 HYDROCARBON SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

ESCI 564 SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA PROCESS

ESCI 627 SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

ESCI 642 EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS

ESCI 652 GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

ESCI 661 SEISMOLOGY I

ESCI 662 TECTONOPHYSICS

ESCI 663 STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION OF TECTONIC SYSTEMS

ESCI 664 GLOBAL TECTONICS

ESCI 665 APPLIED ROCK PHYSICS

ESCI 672 NUMERICAL METHODS

MGMT 610 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

*Substitutions for required or elective courses may be approved by the Track Advisor.

..AND OTHERS ...

*Pre- or Co-requisite Requirement: ESCI 642 EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS - to be discussed with faculty advisor

** ESCI 570 preparation: Students should have :

* Basic knowledge in flow in porous media

* Basic principles in geology/geophysics

* Understanding of basic statistics/data-science and strong analytical skills

* Introduction to Programming; hands-on experience in one programming language (Python, Matlab, C,...)

NOTE: Substitutions for required or elective courses may be approved by the Track Advisor.

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