Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science (GS60)

PHYSICAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE, M.S. (GS60)
Areas of Emphasis
Physics
Chemistry
Geology*
Mathematics
Geobiophysical Modeling

Within the Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science Program the Department of Physics offers 2 Master of Science degrees: (1) Master of Physics (GS 80) offered by Department of Physics and (2) Master of Physical and Applied Science (GS 60), offered in in cooperation with the Departments of Chemistry, Geology, Computer and Information Technology, and Mathematics​ – please refer to the correct degree when you apply.

The Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science is offered through the Physical and Applied Science Program in cooperation with the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Computer and Information Technology, and Mathematics, and is intended to provide the opportunity for students with diverse qualifications to improve the depth and breadth of their knowledge in the Physical Sciences. The degree offered is a M.S. in Physical and Applied Science, with an Area of Emphasis in one of the following: Chemistry, Geobiophysical Modeling, Geology*, Mathematics, or Physics. The area of emphasis in Geobiophysical Modeling is interdisciplinary, with core courses in Remote Sensing and GIS Modeling. Thereafter, students may chose from areas of concentration in Aquatic, Terrestrial or Biophysical Systems and Models. Within the Physical and Applied Science Program students can declare Physics as their graduate major  (GS80), this will lead to a Masters Degree in Physics being awarded from the Department of Physics. Click here for more details.

*For Requirements for Geology Area of Emphasis please contact Geology Department Chair for details.
  For all other inquires, contact DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES, Dr. Ralph Oberly, Science Building 267, 304.696.2757,   oberly@marshall.edu. If Dr. Ralph Oberly is unavailable, please leave your contact information with Nichole Jervis, Physics Administrative Secretary, Sr., 251 Science Building, Phone: (304) 696-6738, n.jervis@marshall.edu.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the current catalogue or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.

In addition:
(1) The applicant must have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their major, (2) applicants external to the Marshall University geology department must arrange for THREE recommendation letters mailed (or e-mailed) to the department chair, (3) applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in their major may be provisionally admitted to the Geology emphasis program with the unanimous approval of the Geology faculty, (4) applicants who do not meet Marshall’s requirements for a B.S. in Geology may be required to take additional courses (as determined by the Geology faculty), in addition to graduate coursework, to provide an adequate foundation in the area of emphasis. The foundation courses may be undergraduate courses.

Degree Requirements:

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College Dean before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements. Programs will be designed to meet individual needs. Students must consult with their advisors for specific requirements. The writing of a thesis is optional in all areas of emphasis, except Geology. If the thesis option is chosen, a minimum of 32 hours is required, including not more than 6 hours for the thesis. Without the thesis, 36 hours are required. Click on the following link to see all physics courses available, specifically all 500-600 level physics courses for the graduate program.

Hours:
Minimum Requirements………………………………………………………………………………………………………………32-36
Area of Emphasis (Chemistry, Geobiophysical Modeling,Geology, Mathematics, and Physics)…….12-18
Minor area (Chemistry, Geobiophysical Modeling,Geology, Mathematics, Physics)…………………………… 6
Electives……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….12-18

NOTE:
These are general guidelines. Individual departments may have their own requirements, please contact respective departments or the DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES, Dr. Ralph Oberly, Science Building 267, 304.696.2757, oberly@marshall.edu. If Dr. Ralph Oberly is unavailable, please leave your contact information with Nichole Jervis, Physics Administrative Secretary, Sr., 251 Science Building, Phone: (304) 696-6738, email n.jervis@marshall.edu. Please consult the Graduate Catalog or the Graduate College posting for the Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science (GS60).


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