The Department of Geological Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Science (thesis), the Master of Science in Teaching (nonthesis), and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in geology. Requirements for these degrees are described in the General Information section of this catalog.
For admission to graduate status in the Department of Geological Sciences, a student must have a baccalaureate degree with a major in geology or a related field or its equivalent. Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation can be corrected by completing the undergraduate courses without credit while enrolled as a graduate student.
Applicants should take the GRE general test. The scores of this examination must be reported to the Department of Geological Sciences. Three letters of recommendation are also required for admission to the doctoral program and for financial aid applications at any level.
A minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate level courses are required for the Master of Science in geology. At least 24 hours must be in organized graduate-level geology courses (excluding research, teaching, special projects, etc.). Six hours of thesis research credit are required. All master’s degrees are terminal; a separate and new application for admission to the doctoral program is required.
For the Master of Science in Teaching degree, at least 36 hours are required. Six of these hours must be in GLY 6943 and at least 24 must be in organized graduate-level geology courses. The remaining 6 hours must be in approved electives. A minor in education is required. Candidates also must pass the final oral examination.
Of the 90 semester hours required for the Ph.D., 45 must be in formal, organized graduate-level class work (excluding individual work, supervised research and teaching, advanced research, dissertation, special projects, etc.). Remaining credits will be in GLY 7979 and GLY 7980 , additional geology courses, or courses in a related field.
The Department offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program. Contact the graduate coordinator for information.