Applied Geosciences Course-Taking

Applied Geosciences Course-Taking student

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Individual applied geoscience courses

To create more flexibility for customized learning, students looking to develop expertise in a specific area can enroll in individual online applied geosciences graduate courses, up to three per semester. All courses available to our degree students are also available for enrollment on an individual basis.

Students are limited to taking a total of four courses, after which you will need to apply to one of the applied geosciences certificates or the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program to continue. If you are admitted to the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program, you can transfer up to 4 course units (c.u.)* into the degree program from the course taking option. If admitted to one of the certificates, you can transfer up to 2 c.u. from the course taking option into the certificate.

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See the Application Deadlines and Requirements page for more details on what is needed to apply. Individual courses are not Title IV eligible.

University and program resources

All students have access to Penn’s applied geosciences community and are assigned an academic advisor. Students can work in collaboration with many research institutions and groups on and off-campus and can also acquire writing and editing experience with the peer-reviewed academic journal, The International Journal for Water Equity and Justice (IJWEJ).

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*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.