Programs by Campus
College of Arts and Sciences
Departmental E-mail: geograd [at] indiana [dot] edu
Departmental URL: geology.indiana.edu/
(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin. Requirements may or may not be reflected identically in departmental URLs.)
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
Special Departmental Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
An undergraduate degree in the physical or natural sciences. It is expected that students will have an undergraduate background that includes course work in allied sciences/mathematics, equivalent to one year of chemistry and physics or biology, mathematics through differential and integral calculus, plus at least 6 credit hours of higher-level courses. A substantive foundation course in field geology or comparable independent field experience is also expected. Students with degrees in engineering or other related fields are also encouraged to apply. The general Graduate Record Examination is required.
Master of Science Degree
A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours, including at least 20 credit hours in geological sciences.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation and 35 credit hours of course work approved for graduate credit (excluding G600, G700, and G810), of which a minimum of 20 credit hours must be taken within the Department of Geological Sciences.
Outside minor in a related field (including chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics,sustainable-energy science and environmental sciences), or, under certain conditions, in geochemistry, geophysics, or geobiology.
Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement
Reading proficiency in one foreign language (French, German, Russian, or Spanish) or a research skill in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, or physics. Courses taken to satisfy this requirement do not necessarily carry graduate credit. For specific details concerning approved research-skill courses, consult the Director of Graduate Studies.
Written and oral.
Oral defense of the dissertation.