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M.S. Option in Petroleum and Geofluids


Extensive interest in alternative energy (e.g., geothermal) and carbon sequestration, coupled with long term needs for petroleum resource stewardship, have driven remarkable science and career opportunities at the intersection of Earth Science and the management of petroleum, gas, carbon dioxide, and thermal fluids in the shallow crust. Despite recently volatile price trends, graduates of Earth Science programs remain in high demand by petroleum companies and receive excellent starting salaries. A resurgent interest in geothermal energy may further create significant numbers of new jobs in heat and power prospecting, production, and reservoir management the future.

The Earth & Environmental Science Department offers an option under the Hydrology M.S. degree to specifically meet these needs. Students can follow either a petroleum or environmental focus, as follows.

Required Courses

ERTH 440 (4) Hydrological Theory and Field Methods
ERTH 441 (1) Aquifer Mechanics
ERTH 460 (3) Subsurface and Petroleum Geology
HYD 508 (3) Flow and Transport in Hydrological Systems
HYD 510 (3) Quantitative Methods in Hydrology
HYD 571 (3) Advanced topics: Geofluids Modeling
HYD 592 (2) Graduate Seminar
HYD 591 (6) Thesis

Petroleum Focus (select at least 9 hours)

ERTH 325 (3) Near-Surface Geophysics
ERTH 445 (3) Exploration Seismology
GEOL 547 (3) Depositional Systems and Basin Analysis
GEOP 546 (3) Reflection Seismic Data Interpretation
PETR 370 (3) or ERTH 370 Formation Evaluation
PETR 345 (3+1) Reservoir Engineering I
PETR 445 (3) Reservoir Engineering II
PETR 546 (3) Advanced Formation Evaluation

Environmental Focus (select at least 9 hours)

ERTH 325 (3) Near-Surface Geophysics
CHEM/ERTH 422 (3+1) Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 509 (3) Soil Geomorphology
HYD 507 (3) Hydrogeochemistry
HYD 532 (1) Vadose Zone Dynamics
HYD 538 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Systems
HYD 541 (1) Water Resources Management
HYD 544 (1) Groundwater Remediation
HYD 546 (3) Contaminant Hydrology
HYD 547 (3) Hydrological Modeling
HYD 558 (3) Environmental Tracers in Hydrology



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