Course Requirements
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

Research Reports
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 review.

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 research project.

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 different disciplines.

At the end of the semester each student will give an oral presentation on their results.
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