The Department of Physics and Geosciences offers a Master of Science degree in Geology. It is a Plan I program requiring the completion of 30 semester hours of approved graduate courses. At least 18 hours, including a 6 semester hour thesis, must be in geology. All 30 semester hours may be taken in geology. The Department also provides a strong supporting field for majors in other sciences, mathematics and engineering.
A baccalaureate degree in geology is normally the prerequisite for admission into the geology program. Applicants with degrees in geology are required to have had the following foundation courses or their equivalent as part of the bachelor's program, or to make up these deficiencies before unconditional admission to the program can be granted: GEOL 1303/1103 (Physical Geology), GEOL 1304/1104 (Historical Geology), GEOL 3409 (Mineralogy), GEOL 3411 (Petrology), GEOL 3431 (Stratigraphy-Sedimentology), GEOL 3435 (Invertebrate Paleontology), GEOL 3481 (Structural Geology), GEOL 4417-GEOL 4418 (Summer Field Course) and statistics courses.
A student is required to take a preliminary examination during the first year of residency to determine proficiency in background preparation. A program of course work including foundation courses will be designed by the departmental graduate studies committee for students entering the program with bachelor's degrees in fields other than geology. Submission of a score on the Graduate Record Examination test in geology is recommended to support a student's application for admission into the program and is required for graduation from the program.
This page was last updated on: April 27, 2011