Graduate Programs


The Department of Geology offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in certain areas of the vast field of geological sciences. Students wishing to enroll in this program must complete a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences from a recognized university and be able to meet admissions requirements at AUB.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the theoretical principles and basic concepts of the various processes that govern the formation of natural resources, with an overview of their geophysical exploration methods.
  • Interpret all major geological formations and structural, petrological and sedimentological features through assignments using existing maps and cross sections, and through field trips in various courses.
  • Produce accurate geological maps, through both individual and team-work projects.
  • Analyze the mineralogical make-up of the various rock types and their petrographic features, using hand samples, and a variety of microscopic techniques.
  • Integrate structural and petrological data to show a global understanding of the origin and evolution of the major local and regional geological and tectonic features.
  • Communicate orally and in writing scientific reports and term papers.

MS Degree-Graduate Program

Candidates pursuing the Master of Science program in geology must complete seven graduate courses (21 cr.) and a thesis (9 cr.). Students may select courses from the graduate courses offered in the department according to their fields of interest. Note that the GRE general test is required for admission, but the GRE subject test is no longer required.