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Graduate School

Alysia Cox


Dr. Alysia Cox

Phone: 406-496-4185
Location: CBB 217

Department Overview

Geochemistry is an interdisciplinary field of study in which the science of chemistry is used to solve earth science problems. Areas of study include the full spectrum of topics from geobiochemistry, to water/rock/microbe interactions, thermodynamics of natural systems, coevolution of geochemistry and life, thermodynamics of minerals, and migration of pollutant species in soil and water.

The geochemistry option is centered in the Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. Students acquire strong fundamental and practical knowledge in chemistry and environmental geochemistry and can choose thesis topics ranging among a large variety of geochemical/environmental topics.

Admission requirements: B.S. in chemistry, geology, or any science or engineering. An undergraduate background of inorganic, analytical, organic and physical chemistry, physical and historical geology, petrology, and mineralogy is required or some of these undergraduate background courses can be taken during the first year of graduate school at Montana Tech depending upon prior undergraduate specialization.

Options: Thesis, Publishable paper, or Non-Thesis

Seminar Requirements:

  • CHMY 594 Graduate Geochemistry Seminar
  • ENGR 5150 Graduate Writing Seminar, and one other seminar
  • One other seminar


Many of our graduates continue their graduate work in a Ph.D. program. Other graduates have found employment with various organizations such as the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana State Department of Environmental Quality, Copper Environmental, Energy Labs, the Pegasus Gold Corp., Applied Technology, Inc., Chemex Labs, The Atlantic Richfield Chemical Co., Marathon Oil Co., Westinghouse, GeoEngineers Inc., and American Geochemist Corp.

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