Jun 09, 2023
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Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
*Spring admission available only for students entering the Professional Science Master’s Degree option
College: Arts and Sciences
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
*Deadline for students seeking assistantship/fellowship support is one month earlier. Foreign student applicants should provide their materials as early as is feasible to permit time to meet immigration and visa requirements if admitted.
Geology incorporates the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to study the earth and the processes that affect our planet. This degree offers advanced geoscience education and training suitable for joining professional workforce and/or as the foudnatino for pursuing a Ph.D.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- 3 letters of recommendation,
- personal statement,
- listing of previous coursework,
- writing sample,
- areas of interest form,
- transcripts, and
- GRE required (greater than 295 and not less than 30th percentile)
Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours
- Core Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
- Electives - 18 Credit Hours
- Thesis or Professional Science Masters (PSM) Track - 6 Credit Hours
Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)
Electives (18 Credit Hours Minimum)
Structured coursework, of which at least ten hours must be at 6000 level, selected with the advisor from the following list, or other course as approved by the Graduate Director:
Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours Minimum)
Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degree Option (6 Credit Hours Minimum)
Students interested in pursuing the Professional Science Masters Option can take one of two tracks following approval from the internship coordinator.
- Professional Geologist-led Internship – Students enrolled in this track are typically supervised by a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and must submit an Internship Project Report approved by the supervising PG. The student must then present the results of their project at an evening public meeting hosted by the Geology Alumni Society.
- Faculty-led Internship – Students enrolled in this track are typically supervised by School of Geosciences Faculty and must submit an Internship Project Report approved by the supervising faculty member. The student must then present the results of their project publically, typically at the meeting hosted by the Geology Alumni Society.
For students in the thesis option, the thesis defense serves as the comprehensive exam.
For students in the Professional Science Master’s Degree option, the comprehensive exit exam is based on coursework and an internship project. Before the exam, the student must submit an Internship Project Report approved by the supervising PG. The internship committee determines the format of the exam. Normally, it is an oral examination following the student’s presentation of the results of the internship project to the hydrogeology internship committee.
Curriculum is customized within the degree requirements for the student’s area of research interest. The Program of Study is determined via consultation between the student, his/her primary advisor and his/her student advisory committee. Other pertinent information regarding graduate study is contained in the Department’s Graduate Student Handbook, which is available upon request.
All degree candidates are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress at all times. Satisfactory academic progress in this major is defined as progress in course and thesis work. Evidence of academic progress includes timely completion of departmental requirements such as selecting a primary advisor, forming a student advisory committee, completion of any prerequisites or deficiencies, timely progress toward completion of the thesis, maintaining a satisfactory GPA, defending a thesis proposal, and making a public presentation. A schedule for meeting these requirements is contained in the Department’s Graduate Student Handbook.
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