Master of Science in Geology

  Accredited by the Mexican Postgraduate Quality Program SEP-CONACYT (PNPC)

(Scholarships for Foreing Students)

 


PROGRAM NAME: Master of Science in Geology


General Office of Professions (DGP) Code: 104507

Typical time to degree: 4 semesters

Credits: 100

Degree conferred: Master of Science

Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo

 


DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAM


General Objective

To prepare graduates with a high level of quality and excellence, able to participate in the analysis of and solution to traditional and cutting-edge geological problems, using the scientific method, and responding in a timely manner to the needs of scientific and technological developments in Mexico. Offering a high-level academic learning space focused on issues related to three major areas in Earth Sciences: mineral deposits, regional geology and hydrogeology and environmental geology, contributing in this way to enhancing the professional and/or investigative capacity of professionals working in these areas of knowledge.

Specific Objectives

  • To prepare professionals of high academic quality and the ability to develop original research in basic and applied geology to contribute specific proposals to the benefit of the social and productive sectors.
  • To solve problems in applied geological research that are often handled in the workplace by foreign consultants.
  • To advance the scientific and technological knowledge of Earth Sciences.
  • To prepare professionals with an in-depth understanding of Earth Sciences in order that they may: a) conduct basic research projects that contribute new findings to specific areas and allow students to develop skills in the generation of original and innovative knowledge in Earth Sciences, b) develop applied research projects to solve specific problems.

 


WHAT COMPETENCIES WILL I HAVE ACQUIRED BY THE END OF THIS PROGRAM?


Graduate Profile

Graduates of this Master's program will obtain the knowledge, methodologies, skills and attitudes needed to develop basic and/or applied research specialized in Regional Geology (including hydrogeology and environmental geology) and Mineral Deposits, depending on the area of specialization they select.

Upon concluding this Master's degree program, graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to:

  • Design and implement high-quality basic and/or applied research projects in specific areas of Earth Sciences. 
  • Identify and propose alternative solutions to problems related to Earth Sciences that occur in the social or productive context.
  • Collaborate with professionals from other disciplines in the development of projects and problem-solving in an interdisciplinary manner.
  • Participate in the research and development of new methodologies.

Graduates may provide services in the mining industry, universities, research centers, other private companies (geochemical analysis, sampling, cartography laboratories, etc.); public companies in the energy and geological-mining sector. They will also be prepared to enter a doctoral program anywhere in Mexico and the world.

 


PLAN OF STUDIES


Curriculum Map

The following outlines a highly flexible curriculum map, presenting all the possible combinations. The number of courses students take per semester depends on the credit hours for each subject and the courses offered that semester by the graduate program. This is reflected in the minimum and maximum amount of credits students can take each semester:

Course List

Basic Required Courses                                                          

Selected Topics in Research I                            

Selected Topics in Research II                           

Selected Topics in Research III              

Presentation of Thesis                                                                 

Specific Required Courses

Regional Tectonics                                   

Geochemistry                                                         

Mineral Deposits and Petrography of Mines                           

Advanced Stratigraphy                                        

Advanced Petrology                                                         

Advanced Hydrogeology                                                             

Environmental Geology                                                   

Applied Geophysics                                                         

Elective Courses

Geology and Structural Analysis                                   

Geology of NW Mexico                             

Microfacies                                                                                    

Petrology of Detrital Rocks                                              

Sedimentary Basins and Deposit Environments                               

Petrology of Igneous Rocks                                                                   

Petrology of Metamorphic Rocks                                               

Metallogeny of Strategic Minerals                                 

Applied Hydrochemistry                                       

Physical Chemistry                                                          

Geological Excursions                                                     

Potential Methods                                                                                    

Electrical Methods                                                            

Global Climate Change                                                                          

Hydrology                                                                                       

Natural Risks                                                                     

Remote Sensing                                                   

Risk Assessment                                                  

Geographic Information Systems                                              

Meteorology and Climatology                                                                

Petrology of Pyroclastic Rocks                                       

Volcanology                                                                       

General Geology Topics                                                                         

General Petrology Topics                                                            

Advanced Topics in Geology I                                                               

Advanced Topics in Geology II                                                              

Advanced Topics in Geology III

 


LINES OF GENERATION AND/OR APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROGRAM


1. Stratigraphy, paleontology, sedimentary basin analysis, remote sensing, geographic information systems, geological cartography. 

2. Hydrological evaluation, exploration and modeling, hydrometeorology and surface- atmosphere interaction, application of remote sensors and regional climatology.

3. Hydrology, environmental geology, natural disasters, geological risks, urban geology, applied geophysics.

4. Tectonics, metallogeny, geochemistry and endogenous petrology (igneous-metamorphic), mineral deposits.

 


CORE FACULTY


Name

 LGAC.

Email

Dr. Francisco Javier Grijalva Noriega

1

grijalva@correo.geologia.uson.mx

Dr. Silvia Martínez Retama

2 and 3

smartinez@ciencias.uson.mx

Dr. Diana María Meza Figueroa

3 and 4

dmeza@ciencias.uson.mx

Dr. Rogelio Monreal Saavedra

1 and 2

monreal@ciencias.uson.mx

Dr. Lucas Hilario Ochoa Landín

4

lucaso.geologia@gmail.com

Dr. Juan José Palafox Reyes

1

palafox@geologia.uson.mx

Dr. Francisco Abraham Paz Moreno

1 and 4

fpaz@ciencias.uson.mx

Dr. Efrén Pérez Segura

4

efrenpese@yahoo.com

Dr. Ricardo Vega Granillo

1 and 4

rvega@ciencias.uson.mx

Dr. Jesús Roberto Vidal Solano

1 and 4

jrvidal@ciencias.uson.mx

Dr. Christopher John Watts Thorp

2

cwatts@correo.fisica.uson.mx

Dr. Juan Arcadio Saiz Hernández

2

jsaiz@dicym.uson.mx


HOW DO I ENROLL IN THIS GRADUATE PROGRAM?


Entrance requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Geology or related area.
  • Minimum grade average of 78 in undergraduate studies.
  • Pass general knowledge exam in Geology.
  • Positive evaluation in an individual interview with the Academic Committee where the applicant's competence for graduate studies will be evaluated following a short (15 minute) presentation of the preliminary thesis project.
  • Official TOEFL ITP exam report with a minimum of 481 points; or 54 points on the TOEFL IBT, or certificate equivalent to Level 4 of the English language at UNISON.
  • Record of the National Graduate School Admissions Exam (EXANI-III-CENEVAL) with a score of at least 1000 on the Ceneval Index (ICNE).
  • Admission is subject to the availability of graduate directors and advisors to serve as thesis director and/or academic advisor. 
  • Statement of purpose outlining the applicant's interest in studying for the graduate degree, the area of geology he or she is interested in, full-time adherence to the Master's program and a commitment to complete the degree in two years. 
  • Letter from a professor in the Master's program committing to direct the applicant's thesis and assist him or her with financing for the thesis project. 
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Copy of diploma.
  • Copy of the full undergraduate grade transcripts showing the overall grade average obtained. 
  • If the transcript does not show the average, applicants must submit an official letter indicating the overall grade average in the undergraduate program. 
  • Copies of the Unique Population Registration Code (CURP) and Voter Identification Card.
  • Proof of address.
  • Original and copy of birth certificate.
  • Three child-size photographs.

 

Applicant Profile

For admission to this Master's program, preference will be given to candidates that meet the following criteria:

  • Basic knowledge of Math, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Basic skills in documentary, experimental and field research.
  • Command of word processors, spreadsheets and computational drawing tools.
  • Ability to work in an organized and responsible manner.
  • Positive attitude, proactive and with self-initiative.

 


WHAT DO I NEED TO GRADUATE?


Graduation requirements

The following is required to obtain the Master's degree:

  • Successfully complete all course credits and satisfy the other requirements established in the corresponding graduate program;
  • Certify comprehension of a language other than Spanish, as established by the Graduate Academic Committee of the respective study program;
  • Successfully pass the comprehensive exams in their written and oral components before a committee named ex-professo;
  • Comply with the provisions and requirements established by the Department of Academic Services for the issuance of the degree.

 

Degree options

The only option for this degree is by the written presentation and oral defense (degree examination) of a thesis that has a curricular value of 24 credits.

 


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY THIS GRADUATE DEGREE?


Cost of the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III)

The applicant registration fee to study at the University of Sonora is published every year along with the new student admission announcement. See last year's information: http://maestriageologia.uson.mx/

 

Enrollment and tuition fees

Pursuant to the Fee Regulation, at the time they enroll in one of the University of Sonora’s graduate degree programs, students must pay all corresponding fees based on the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo. See last year's information: fees and discounts per course http://www.serviciosescolares.uson.mx/

 


FURTHER INFORMATION


Dr. Jesús Roberto Vidal Solano

Program Coordinator

Rosales y Blvd. Luis Encinas s/n, Col. Centro, C.P. 83000, Edificio 3C. Hermosillo, Sonora.

mgeologia@unison.mx

Tel: +52 (662) 2592110

http://maestriageologia.uson.mx/