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MS in Geology, Geophysics Option

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

1. B.S. in geology, geophysics, physics, or its equivalent. 
Students who do not have the appropriate course work will be conditionally admitted to the program, but will be required to complete any deficient course work without graduate credit during the first year of residence.
2. University requirements for admission, with the exception that the grade point average in the last 60 units 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. 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. 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