Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
The Department of Geology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science. The graduate programs in geology are oriented towards the application of modern techniques and methods of analysis to solving geologic problems, especially in the area of environmental geology and natural resources. In the program, research is an integral part of geological education. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of geology, students with diverse backgrounds will find many career opportunities.
Areas of emphasis include economic geology, environmental geology, petrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, geographic information systems, hydrogeology, paleontology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology/tectonics, geophysics, geological and environmental remote sensing, and materials science.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
An undergraduate major in the geological sciences usually is adequate preparation for regular admission to the graduate degree program, providing the work submitted is of appropriate quality as determined by the department. Additionally, a basic background in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics or some combination thereof is recommended.
Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than the geological sciences will be considered for admission on an individual basis. Students may be required to take undergraduate course work as a condition of admission. Prior to the start of the first semester in residence, a placement examination may be given to aid in advising.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in geology should follow the instructions outlined in the "Graduate Admission" section of this catalog. In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit test scores from the GRE Subject Test in Geology.
Master of Arts in Teaching
Degree requirements are listed under the heading of Master of Arts in Teaching in the "Degree Programs" section of this catalog.
Master of Science
The M.S. in geology is offered under Plan I only. Candidates are required to complete:
(1) an approved degree program of courses;
(2) an acceptable thesis proposal no later than the end of the second semester of full-time residence; and
(3) an acceptable thesis, including its successful oral defense before the thesis committee.