Geology- Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

For information, contact:
Cathy Edwards, Administrative Assistant
Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science
114 Shideler Hall (513-529-3216)

Research and Support Facilities

In addition to standard laboratory and computer equipment, the department houses research laboratories for the investigation of a variety of earth materials and processes including high- and low-temperature mineralogy/geochemistry, geomicrobiology, radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, and high-end computational laboratories. Many of these laboratories support material preparation and analysis using departmental instrumentation including: DC plasma spectrometer, multi-collector thermal ionization mass spectrometer, HPLC ion chromatograph, atomic force/scanning tunneling microscope, single-crystal and powder x-ray diffractometers, single crystal x-ray cameras, electrophoretic mobility analyzer, streaming potential analyzer, portable seismometers, and cathode lumniscope. Additional shared facilities on campus include microbiology laboratories, scanning and transmission electron microscopy laboratories, ICP-MS laboratory, and remote sensing and GIS computer laboratories. In addition, collaborations with numerous research laboratories and institutions provide access to facilities not available on campus. The Department maintains active field programs around the world, including a field station in Wyoming.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must have an undergraduate major in geology or a related science, including at least one semester of college chemistry, physics, and calculus. Deficiencies in background, as determined by a faculty committee, may be made up after admission. Satisfactory scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical tests of the Graduate Record Examination are required. In addition, a statement of career objectives and research interests, a resume and three letters of recommendation must be provided.

Requirements: Master of Arts, Master of Science

The Master of Arts degree is a non-thesis program requiring at least 15 hours of course work in geology. Students must pass an oral examination prior to receipt of the degree.

The Master of Science degree is a thesis program requiring a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work plus six semester hours of credit for thesis. Before the end of the first year, a formal oral presentation of the thesis proposal is required. This program culminates in the defense of a thesis based on original research.

Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. requires completion of 60 semester hours beyond the M.S. degree or its equivalent, of which at least 15 semester hours are earned through graduate-level science coursework. Before the end of the third semester of the program, Ph.D. candidates take written and oral comprehensive examinations administered by the student's advisory committee. The dissertation prospectus may be presented after the candidate has successfully passed the comprehensive examination and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy, but prior to the end of the fourth semester. The prospectus is to take the form of a proposal to an external funding agency to support the dissertation research. The prospectus must be presented in both written form and as an oral public defense. The program culminates in an oral public defense of a dissertation based on original research.

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