This non-thesis M.S. requires a total of 31 credits.
Of these 31 credits, 30 credits must be courses with the
ESS designator or other approved graduate courses in the
fields of astronomy, atmospheric sciences or geology.
A minimum overall grade point average of B is required.
Students are required to complete
ESS 501 Foundations of Earth Science (3 credits) and
ESS 610 Capstone Project (1 credit).
Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Geosciences
with a Concentration in Earth and Space Sciences
at Stony Brook University
A scientific research report is required for all ESS classes.
The research can be observational research wherein the
students each make their own scientific observations or
collect their own scientific data or it can be a literature
Each student will have to do at least one observational
research project as part of the degree requirements.
It is highly recommended that for an observational research
project in meteorology or geology that the area chosen for
study be on or near their school campus so that it can be
used as the basis for field trips, outdoor laboratories or
research for earth science students.
For a literature review the instructor may choose a selected
topic for study and each of the students in the class will need
to do a literature review on a very narrow aspect of the
scientific topic. This is so students can appreciate the depth
of knowledge in the scientific area.
Each completed report should contain a concise synopsis
of the aspect of the topic written by the student with
appropriate figures and tables, a list of references cited
including pertinent links on the Internet. The references cited
should mainly include research reports in journals.
Textbooks and the web may be sources for finding
appropriate reports. A rubric for the research paper for each
class will be made available by the instructor.
Lesson plans are not acceptable as a substitute for a
Capstone Project (ESS 610)
At the beginning of the semester there will be three
lectures on the topic of the semester, for example
energy or time or scale, etc., by faculty from astronomy,
atmospheric science and geology.
The students will each then write a paper relating, for
example, on an aspect of how energy plays a role in the
At the end of the semester each student will give an
oral presentation on their results.
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