Graduate Degrees

 

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Geochemistry - Geochemistry Track



Prerequisites

Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of the Geochemistry faculty. Each department recognizes that entering students may not be proficient in both areas. A placement examination in geology and/or chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the interviewing faculty. If a placement examination is given, the results may be used to establish deficiency requirements. Credit toward a graduate degree will not be granted for courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.

Requirements

The Master of Science (Geochemistry)

Coursework
Minimum 36 semester hours, including 24 hours of coursework and 12 hours of research credit. To ensure breadth of background, all students enrolled in the Master of Science - Geochemistry degree take:

  • CCHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry,
  • CCHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry.
and two courses selected from the following list:

  • CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry,
  • CHGC509: Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry,
  • GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry,
  • CHGC513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry,
  • CHGC514: Geochemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics,
  • CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry.
In addition, all students must complete a one hour laboratory course selected from several available. Master of Science (Geochemistry) students must also complete an appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be approved by the student's thesis committee before the student begins substantial work on the thesis research.

The requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) program will be established individually by a student's thesis committee, but must meet the minimum requirements presented below. The Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) program will require a minimum of 72 credit hours. At least 24 hours must be research credit and at least 18 hours must be course work. Up to 24 hours of course credits may be transferred from previous graduate-level work upon approval of the thesis committee. Research credits may not be transferred. Students who enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) program with a thesis-based Master of Science degree from another institution may transfer up to 36 semester hours, upon approval of the thesis committee, in recognition of the course work and research completed for that degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)

Coursework
  • CHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry,
  • CHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry,
  • CHGC514: Geochemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics.
In addition, all students must take a one hour laboratory course, plus two additional courses selected from the following list:

  • CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry,
  • CHGC509: Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry,
  • GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry,
  • CHGC513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry,
  • CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry.

Total credits required for M.S.: 36
Total credits required for Ph.D.: 72 (at least 18 of coursework)
 

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