Admission and Degree Requirements

The preliminary education of students who intend to become candidates for a graduate degree in geological sciences usually includes coursework in general geology, paleontology, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, and field geology, as well as physics, chemistry, and calculus. Geophysicists and climatologists are expected to have a sound foundation in both mathematics and physics; paleontologists should include suitable preparation in the comparative morphology and genetics of living organisms. Students without the necessary foundation for advanced study and research may be required to take additional coursework.

The department offers both the Master of Science in Geological Sciences and the Master of Arts. The Master of Science in Geological Sciences requires twenty-four semester hours of coursework and a thesis; it is designed for those planning doctoral study or seeking employment in which research and problem-solving skills are essential.

The Master of Arts degree program requires thirty hours of coursework and a report; it is designed for students who wish to enhance their technical education. The Master of Arts programs in hydrogeology and petroleum geology require the student to take courses chosen from a list available from the graduate adviser. In other disciplines, Master of Arts degree programs are designed by petition to the graduate adviser.

Degree programs for the Master of Science in Geological Sciences and the Doctor of Philosophy are designed for each student by his or her committee.