Department of Earth Science 

Graduate Student Handbook


Degree requirements include course work and individual work.  Two master's degree options are offered in the program, one with an experimental thesis, and one with a research paper.  Each student is required to complete a master's level thesis or a research paper in a specialized area depending on the option they choose.

Students must maintain a 3.00 average in all courses counted toward their degree.  They may not count any classes for which a grade lower than a "C" was received.

Option 1:  24 semester credit hours of Earth Science courses at the 300 and 400 level plus 6 credit hours for the research thesis (ESCI 499, Master's Thesis in Earth Science) for a total of 30 credit hours.

Option 2:  30 semester credit hours of Earth Science courses at the 300 and 400 level plus 3 credit hours for the departmental research paper (ESCI 498, Master's Research Project in Earth Science) for a total of 33 credit hours.

Both degree options require that an oral presentation and defense be given.

NOTE:  For students admitted to Master's programs prior to the Fall 1997 semester, the majority of courses applied to the Master's degree must be 400-level; a limited number of appropriate 300-level courses are  applicable.

For students admitted to Master's programs for the Fall 1997 semester and thereafter, all graduate credits will be at the 400-level, except for a limited number of 300-level courses specifically approved for graduate degree credits in a given Master's degree program.  Departments may permit students to apply up to three of these 300-level courses, to a maximum of ten credit hours, to fulfill program requirements.  This policy applies to all students entering graduate degree programs beginning with Fall 1997.  Consult with your program advisor or the Graduate College for details.

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