Admissions to this Program are currently suspended.
Program Leading to the Master of Science Degree in Geology
The general aim of the program is to prepare qualified students for further studies toward the doctoral degree or for careers as geologists in industry or governmental agencies. This program will offer training in three fundamental and interrelated areas of geological science: tectonics, structural geology, and geochemistry.
The program of study and research requires at least three semesters and one summer of full-time study and research, or the equivalent over a longer period beyond the baccalaureate. Two of the three semesters are needed for class work. The third semester is normally required following the summer research program and is generally devoted to a synthesis of data gathered during the summer program.
Requirements for Admission
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with specialization in one of the physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Although the program is designed primarily for students who have majored in geology at the undergraduate level, there may be instances in which science students with less than a major in geology may be admitted to the master's program provided that they make up their deficiencies in undergraduate geology courses during the first year of graduate study.
Applicants are requested to submit scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examinations. This program is not open to students completing preparation qualifying for a secondary school teaching certificate.
Program of Study and Research (30 credits, minimum)
- Geology (18-30 credits):
- Geo 512 and Geo 517 are required for the degree, plus one course from each of the following groups: (a) Geo 612, Geo 640, Geo 673, or Geo 535 and (b) Geo 518, Geo 545, Geo 675, or Geo 676. Other courses as advised;
- Independent research in a specialization (Geo 699 for 6 credits) with the results of the research reported in an acceptable thesis;
- Students are required to take Geo 500 each session of their registration.
- Supporting courses (0-12 credits): Selected courses in related fields as advised.
- Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in geology.
- Foreign language requirement: A reading knowledge of French, German, or Russian is desirable before entrance to the program and must be demonstrated before its completion. An alternative research tool (e.g., computer programming) may be substituted for a foreign language at the discretion of the department.
In addition to the completion of course requirements, satisfactory performance in some ancillary teaching, research, or practicum duties contributing to the academic development is required, whether or not the student receives financial support from this institution. These duties will be assigned with educational objectives in mind.