Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Geology, MS, Mini-Thesis Option

Location(s): Alpine

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The Geology Program emphasizes lab examination of samples, diagrams and maps, and also use of computer applications to analyze geologic data. Field experience is also fundamental and requires students to use critical thinking skills and classroom information in order to describe and explain a geologic problem.

The Mini-thesis Option prepares students for employment as a professional geologist. This option requires 36 hours of 5000-level Geology courses. A mini-thesis, usually a one-semester project, must be written, successfully defended, and a comprehensive oral exam (involving the entire Geology faculty and faculty from other disciplines from whom courses were taken) must be taken and passed

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: 36 Credits


* GEOL 5306  OR GEOL 5332  

** GEOL 5308 , GEOL 5317 , GEOL 5402 , GEOL 5403  or Analytic Instrumentation

***GEOL 5320 , GEOL 5322 , GEOL 5326 , or GEOL 5328  

A written mini-thesis must be presented orally and succesfully defended. MS mini-thesis defense includes a comprehansive oral exam which must also be successfully completed. 

Total Hours: 36

Required Core Courses: 36

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