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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Geology Major, MS


Admission

For admission, an applicant must provide transcripts of previous university work, two rating forms or letters of recommendation, and GRE scores (general). Students are not normally admitted under non-degree status.

Prerequisite for either graduate degree is a bachelor's degree in the geosciences or other field (typically, but not exclusively, from the physical, natural, or life sciences or engineering). Upon admission, each student selects a major advisor before entering the Department. Once a student is in residence and begins to develop research plans, the student and advisor discuss the best possible individuals to form a committee that will be suited for advising the student. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee is primarily responsible for advising the student's research activities, but also can modify the course curriculum based on the student's area of research.

Requirements

The department offers only a thesis option in its master's program. Successful completion of the master's degree requires a minimum of 24 credit hours approved coursework, and six credit hours of thesis credit (GEOL 500 ), an approved written thesis proposal, successful oral defense of a written thesis, and a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in all graded graduate course work. The department also has separate course requirements in addition to University requirements. Students pursuing a MS degree must enroll in GEOL 595  every semester they are in residence unless course or teaching conflicts preclude a student from being present. Students must also enroll in GEOL 596  one time during their residency. Taking courses from outside the department is encouraged. Before receiving an MS degree, students must demonstrate committee-approved proficiency in field-based Earth Sciences.

 

Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program (IGSP)

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences participates in the intercollegiate graduate statistics program (IGSP). Any student pursuing a master's or PhD with a major in Geology can receive a minor in statistics by completing the appropriate IGSP requirements. For additional information, see the description of the IGSP minor at http://igsp.bus.utk.edu/. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences also contributes courses to the IGSP program curriculum.
 

Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS)

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences participates in the interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science (IGMCS) program. Any student pursuing a master's or PhD with a major in geology can receive a minor in computational science by completing the appropriate IGMCS requirements. For additional information, see the description of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science  listed under the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or visit the IGMCS website at http://igmcs.utk.edu/. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences also contributes courses to the IGMCS program curriculum.
 

Watershed Minor

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences participates in the interdisciplinary Watershed Minor  for graduate students. Any student pursuing a master's or PhD with a major in geology, who completes the appropriate requirements, can receive a Watershed minor. For additional information, see the description of the Interdisciplinary Watershed Graduate Minor on the website at https://ag.tennessee.edu/watershedminor/Pages/default.aspx. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences also contributes courses to the Watershed program curriculum.