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Larry Smith

Geology

Dr. Larry Smith

Phone: (406) 496-4859
Location: MG 213F

Department Overview

A Master of Science in Geoscience with an “Option in Geology” allows specialization in many fields of Applied Geology.  For example, recent graduate students in this option have investigated the origin of hydrothermal talc mineralization in SW Montana, water-rock interaction and acid mine drainage in Butte, and the bio-geochemistry of natural wetlands near abandoned mines.

All recent MS graduates in Geology have found employment in their chosen field.  Career opportunities for geologists with an M.S. degree are diverse, and include State and Federal government agencies (e.g., Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, USDA Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management), resource extraction industries (mining, petroleum), and private consulting companies.

Admission Requirements:    BS in Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering
Options:
  • A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department
  • B: Non-Thesis
  • TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar
Seminar Requirements:
  • ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1)
Course Requirements:

Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor.

Course Offerings:


Course No. Course Title
GEOE 403 Structural Geology for Engineers
GEOE 406 Geomorphology Photogeology
GEOE 409 Field Geology & Geophysics
GEOE 410 Mining Geology
GEOE 411 Metallic Ore Deposits
GEOE 422 Groundwater Flow Modeling
GEOE 429 Field Hydrogeology
GEOE 440 Engineering Geology
GEOE 457 Subsurface Methods in Petroleum Geology
GEOE 491 Special Topics
GEOE 498 Internship
GEOE 499W Geological Engineering Design Project
GEOE 501 Montana Geologyy
GEOE 520 Advanced Hydrogeology
GEOE 528 Contaminant Transport
GEOE 531 Acid-Rock Drainage
GEOE 532 Geochemical Modeling
GEOE 533 Hydro-geochemistry
GEOE 534 Isotope Geochemistry
GEOE 540 Applied Statistics & Experimental Design
GEOE 541 Advanced Engineering Geology
GEOE 542 Slope Stability Analysis & Design
GEOE 590W Graduate Research or Design Project
GEOE 591 Special Topics
GEOE 599W Thesis Research/td>