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Earth Sciences
School of Science

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Degree Offered

Master of Science in Geology, with concentration in environmental geology

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

Prospective students should have a bachelor’s degree in geology, including a summer field course, and a minimum of a B (3.0) average in geology courses. One year of chemistry and mathematics through college algebra and trigonometry are required. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another area of science are also encouraged to apply; the departmental graduate advisory committee will prescribe a plan of study to remove deficiencies. The Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. Each student must submit three letters of recommendation.

Course Requirements

Both thesis and nonthesis options are available. Both options require at least 21 credit hours of nonresearch course work, with at least 3 credit hours in courses approved for graduate credit from allied sciences, mathematics, or the environmental program of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Up to 6 credit hours of 400-level courses approved for graduate credit may be counted toward the degree with the approval of the graduate advisor. The thesis option requires the completion of 30 credit hours, 6 of which are taken as G810 Research (the thesis). The nonthesis option requires the completion of 36 credit hours, 3 of which consist of a research project taken as G700 Geologic Problems. The de­partmental graduate committee must approve elective credits outside the Department of Earth Sciences for both options.

Admitted students will be assigned a three-person advisory committee at the beginning of the first year of graduate study. The committee will prescribe a study program based on the interests of the student and the principal graduate advisor. Students must complete all degree requirements within six years of beginning this study program. A B (3.0) average or higher must be maintained, and no grade below C is acceptable.


A B (3.0) average or higher must be maintained; no more than 6 credit hours of C are acceptable.

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