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2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies 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 natural 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 for high quality, independent research in their chosen fields.
  5. To prepare graduates to enter doctoral programs in the geo sciences.

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 field 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 graduate program head)
  • GRE scores in verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning at 50% percentile or above in each category

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology or equivalent geoscience field from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours (foreign transcripts unable to be converted will be reviewed by graduate program head)
  • GRE scores in verbal, quantitative, 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
    • Other evidence deemed appropriate by graduate program head

Options

The program leading to a Master of Science degree in Geology requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, of graduate level courses in geology. 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 proposed option for their MS degree.

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 by the Graduate Studies Office at The UT 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 does not require 6 semester credit hours of original research. Students electing this option only need to complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate level courses in geology.

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