Geology

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M.S. Degree Requirements

A. For the M.S. in Geology degree:

Completion, with a B average (3.0) or higher, of 30 units of approved graduate study, including a minimum of 21 units of 500 and 600-level courses. Your degree is also based on successful proposal development and completion and successful oral defense of a thesis.

Required core courses (8 units)
            GEOL 590 Literature Seminar (1)
            GEOL 694 Graduate Thesis Research Design (1)
            GEOL 696 Directed Graduate Research (3)
            GEOL 698 Thesis or Graduate Project (3)

Electives (22 units)
Electives should be selected with approval of the graduate student’s Primary Advisor and Graduate Coordinator from 400, 500, and 600 level courses in Geology or other fields relevant to thesis work. One 400 or 500 level course must include a lab or field component. A maximum of 9 units of 400 level courses may be applied toward the 30 units required for the degree. The choice of electives will vary with thesis topic. (Note: In some cases service as a teaching assistant in the Department may be advised as part of the student’s educational experience.)


B. For the  M.S. in Geology, Geophysics Option degree

Completion, with a B average (3.0) or higher, of 30 units of approved graduate study, including a minimum of 21 units of 500 and 600-level courses. Your degree is also based on successful proposal development and completion and successful oral defense of a thesis. Each student will be advised by a Graduate Advisory Committee consisting of three or more faculty members.  The Graduate Advisory Committee will guide the student in the proper selection of courses related to the student’s main field of interest to assure that an integrated body of knowledge is obtained. The student must obtain initial approval from the Graduate Advisory Committee for the thesis topic selected.

Required Courses (9 units)
GEOL 460      Theoretical Geophysics (3)
GEOL 696      Directed Graduate Research  (3)
GEOL 698      Graduate Thesis      (3)

Electives (21 units)
Electives should be selected with approval of the graduate student Primary Advisor and Graduate Coordinator from 400, 500, and 600 level courses in Geology, Physics, Math, Engineering or other fields relevant to thesis work. One 400 or 500 level course must include a lab or field component. A maximum of 9 units of 400 level courses may be applied toward the 30 units required for the degree. The choice of electives will vary with thesis topic. A list of possible choices (although not exhaustive) is presented here. 
(Note: In some cases service as a teaching assistant in the Department may be advised as part of the student’s educational experience.)
GEOL 464/L Applied Geophysics
GEOL 595-R Current Research 
MATH 481A Numerical Analysis
ME 490 Fluid Dynamics         
PHYS 420 Modern Optics
PHYS 431 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 465 Experimental Physics III