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Geology, Master of Science Degree

Geologic Formations

Cutting Edge Equipment

We have state-of-the-art field instrumentation for geologic, seismic, gravity, magnetic, electrical, and rock properties studies. We also have one of the world's largest digitally recorded seismic networks.

State-of-the-art laboratories include:

  • electron microprobe
  • scanning electron microscope
  • atomic force microscope
  • petrographic microscopes
  • reflected light microscopes
  • ICP-MS
  • ICP-ES
  • stable isotope geochemistry
  • X-ray fluorescence
  • X-ray diffraction
  • fluid inclusion facilities
  • experimental geochemistry
  • paleomagnetism
  • rock magnetism
  • earthquake source modelling
  • conodont and radiolarian biostratigraphy
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • computer graphics
  • computer modeling
  • networked mini-supercomputers for data processing and scientific visualization
  • laboratory testing frames
  • shear boxes

These laboratories support research in:

  • geology
  • geochemistry
  • geophysics
  • hydrogeology
  • mineralogy
  • mineralization
  • petrology
  • petrochemistry
  • slope stability
  • rock mechanics and tectonics

Both the master of science and Ph.D. degrees require 1 credit of comprehensive examination. The master's degree is 31 credit and the Ph.D. degree is 73 credits. The comprehensive examination credit may not be used to satisfy the 18 credits of 700-level course work at the master's level or the 30 credits of 700-level course work at the doctoral level.

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University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  NV  89557-

(775) 784-1110
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