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MS in Geology Requirements

A. For admission to the M.S. in Geology program:

1. B.S. degree in Geology or its equivalent.  B.S. degree must contain at least 4 units of field geology courses, to include a significant field mapping experience and a substantial written report.  Students who do not have appropriate course work may be conditionally admitted to the program, but will be required to complete any deficient course work without graduate credit during their first year of residence.
2. University requirements for admission, with the exception that the grade point average in the last 60 hours must be 2.75.  Those applicants with a grade point average in the last 60 units of between 2.5 and 2.75 may still be admitted if the average of the scores on the General Aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination is 50th percentile or greater.  
3. Undergraduate Geology GPA at or above 3.0, or strong written support of a faculty sponsor in the department.
4. Graduate Record Examination: General Aptitude only. Scoring at or above the 50th percentile on at least one section.

B. For the 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.)