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2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, MS


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Administrative Unit

This program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the Faculty of Geology, Department of Physical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences.

Objectives

  1. To capitalize on the world-class geology of west Texas as an outstanding laboratory for developing critical observational and interpretive skills.
  2. To achieve mastery of the fundamentals in Geology at a professional level.
  3. To provide a broad background for students who wish to pursue a career in any of the geoscience fields.
  4. To prepare graduates to enter doctoral programs in the geological sciences.
  5. To prepare graduates for independent research in their chosen fields.

Admission Requirements

Regular graduate admission standards apply. In addition students are expected to have completed a standard undergraduate curriculum that includes the courses required for an undergraduate degree in geology at UT Permian Basin, as set forth in the undergraduate catalog. Students who lack any of these courses are required to complete them before starting any graduate-level course work.

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology or equivalent geoscience from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours (foreign transcripts unable to be converted will be reviewed by program head)
  • GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical reasoning at 50% percentile or above in each category

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology or equivalent geoscience from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical reasoning below the 50% percentile in each category
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • A 3.0 average or above in all Geology courses

Options

The program leading to a Master of Science degree in Geology requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, of which 24 semester credit hours must be of course work in geology and supporting or ancillary fields. The curriculum of courses selected by each student, in consultation with the graduate faculty, will be chosen to enable them to develop their professional interests and achieve their career goals. Within two semesters the student should select an advisor, who together with the student will choose a graduate committee in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate Studies Office. The student should also decide, with the approval of the graduate committee, the option for the additional 6 semester credit hours in order to complete the required 30 semester credit hours.

The Thesis Option requires 6 semester credit hours of original research resulting in a thesis. The completed thesis must be acceptable to the candidate’s graduate committee and written in an acceptable style such as the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Suggestions to Authors. The thesis must also conform to rules established in the Graduate Studies Office at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. After final approval of the thesis by the graduate committee, the student must present a seminar on the thesis and defend its conclusions orally to the general faculty and representatives of the Graduate Studies Office. Copies of the approval thesis must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office before the degree is conferred.

The Non-Thesis Option requires 6 semester credit hours as follows: 3 semester credit hours of research, GEOL 6691 Contract Study , and a comprehensive examination equivalent to 3 semester credit hours, GEOL 6691 Contract Study . The first 3 hours of Contract Study are devoted to producing a short research paper that should be a contribution to scholarship. The research paper must be submitted in writing and approved by the graduate committee. The other 3 hours of Contract Study are devoted to a preparation for a comprehensive examination in at least three areas in Geology; these three areas must be approved in advance by the graduate committee. The examination will be written and based upon questions supplied to the student by the graduate committee. The 6 semester credit hours of Contract Study should be taken after completion of 24 semester credit hours of course work in geology and supporting ancillary fields are completed. Final approval of the 6 Contract Study hours will be reported to the Graduate Studies Office by the committee recommending the conferring of the degree.

Special Program Features

All courses have the following prerequisites: 1) graduate standing, and 2) permission of the instructor. If prerequisites are required, they are indicated in the course listing.

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