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Graduate School Course Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate School Course Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental, Earth, and Geospatial Sciences

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Gordana Vlahovic, Chair
Room 2202 Mary M. Townes Science Building
Department Telephone: 919-530-5296
Dr. Timothy Mulrooney, Graduate Program Director
Room 1246 Mary Townes Science Complex
Telephone: 919-530-6575


The mission of the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences (DEEGS) is to promote intellectual, professional, and personal excellence through the highest quality instruction, research, and service.  Its vision is to be recognized as a regional, statewide, and national resource for students and society as well as professionals who work in the many fields that are encompassed by the environmental, earth, and geospatial sciences.

The Master of Science in Environmental and Geographic Sciences program is designed to develop master’s level competence through the applied concentration, with an emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) of the physical environment, and the sampling of environmental and health-related data; or the general concentration, which is designed to enhance the knowledge of earth science teachers and other professionals who wish to pursue professional opportunities or further graduate work.  Students in the programs currently focus their studies in the fields of seismology, natural hazards, GIS and Remote Sensing applications, environmental health & impacts and remediation technology, among others.  The core courses are designed to provide students with the analytical and methodological skills necessary to understand or derive explanations for individual occurrences, for recurring processes, and for invariable as well as statistical regularities in the earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.


The Master of Environmental and Geographic Sciences requires the completion of two semesters of residence and at least 30 credits of graduate-level courses are required.  Graduate courses at NCCU are numbered above 5000.

There are two options for obtaining the M.S. degree in Environmental and Geographic Sciences:  thesis and non-thesis project options.  In addition to core requirements and classes related to a student’s concentration, the master’s degree also requires successful completion of a written comprehensive examination.

Option 1: M.S. in Environmental and Geographic Sciences with Thesis: For this option, laboratory and/or field research under the close supervision of a faculty member and writing of a master’s thesis are required.  Students must present their proposed research topic before a thesis committee before they can be admitted to candidacy and successfully defend the thesis for completion of the program by taking EASC 5900 (Thesis).  The total credit hours required for the thesis option are 30.

Option 2: M.S. in Environmental and Geographic Sciences with Non-thesis Project: This option is designed primarily for individuals who wish to complete a project or internship using industry-based skills learned in the M.S. program in preparation for the workforce.  Under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, students may work with an external organization or agency.  They must write and present the results of this experience in defense of this internship for successful completion of the program by taking EASC 5800 (Internship).  The total credit hours required for the non-thesis project option are 30.

DEEGS Graduate Faculty

Bang, John (Professor)
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.D., Central America Health Science University - Belize/University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso
Gerald, Carressa (Assistant Professor)
B.S., North Carolina A&T State University
M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University
Malhotra, Rakesh (Associate Professor)
B.S., Punjab University, India
M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens
McGinn, Christopher (Assistant Professor)
B.S., East Carolina University
M.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Mulrooney, Timothy (Associate Professor)
B.A., Columbia University in the City of New York
M.E.S., Loyola University Maryland
M.S., University of Idaho
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Vlahovic, Gordana (Professor)
B.S., University of Zagreb
M.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Williams, Harris E. (Associate Professor)
B.S., North Carolina Central University
M.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University
Yang, Zhiming (Associate Professor)
B.S., Jiling University, China
M.S., Ohio State University
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

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