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Graduate Programs in Geosciences

Student doing geology field work

The goals of the department are to create graduates with professional skills for future employment and for further graduate studies. The desired skills are the ability to think critically and communicate effectively at the professional level as well as prepare complete geologic investigations.

To achieve these goals the coursework, laboratory experiences, field exercises and research opportunities provide you with a professional interactive environment that improves your opportunities to enter successful careers in geosciences and related fields.

Your course of study will be determined in consultation with advisors. Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and making satisfactory progress toward the degree.


To help with preparation of your thesis here is the Thesis-Dissertation-Manual by the Graduate School [May 2018].

Graduate Program Inquiry

If you are interested and would like more information about the program please fill out this form.

Deadlines For Graduation

If you plan to graduate AUGUST 2018

 □   Program of Study:  Due May 4, 2018 (or 1 month prior to oral defense if you are defending prior to summer semester)

 □   Graduation Application: Due May 25, 2018. If you plan to walk during May commencement, you must submit your application early by April 1, 2018. Submit application on BengalWeb.

 □   Comprehensive Examinations: Deadline varies by department. Must be completed before final oral defense (see Graduate Catalog).

 □   Oral Defense:  Last day to defend is July 13, 2018. Departments must notify Graduate School no later than one week prior to the exam, or earlier if possible.

 □   Thesis/Dissertation: Must meet Graduate School guidelines outlined in the manual. Students must submit final PDF draft to the Graduate School two weeks following the final oral defense.



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