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Changes have been made to the Graduate School Rules. The new rules may be found at the Graduate School Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/ Please read these rules as they may affect your decision regarding our program.

The following has been excerpted from the University of Colorado Catalog. For additional details, see Departmental Graduate Degree Requirements.

Students interested in graduate work in the geological sciences should carefully read the detailed information regarding admission, registration, and degree requirements that is available from the departmental office. A brief summary follows.

Master's Degree:

Candidates for the master's degree in geological sciences must complete at least 24 semester hours of graduate course work including a thesis (Plan I), or 30 semester hours of graduate work without a thesis (Plan II). The Plan II program requires at least 3 hours of GEOL 6960 (Plan II Master's Research) under the supervision of the advisory committee. At least 12 semester hours of course work (Plan I) and 16 semester hours of course work (Plan II) must be at the 5000 level. See Graduate School specifications in the University of Colorado Catalog for further information.

Doctoral Degree:

Candidates for the doctoral degree must complete at least 30 semester hours in course work numbered 5000 or above, of which at least 20 must be taken at CU-Boulder. In addition to course work, candidates must take a total of at least 30 hours of GEOL 8990 doctoral dissertation hours, with not more than 10 of these in any one semester and not more than 10 before the comprehensive examination is passed. The Department of Geological Sciences participates in the interdepartmental Ph.D. program in geophysics and hydrology. For more information about this program, consult the Graduate School section of the University of Colorado Catalog.

Certificate in Remote Sensing: A graduate-level remote sensing certificate is now available to students in geology who are interested in using satellite and ground-based remote sensing techniques to investigate land surfaces, oceans, and the atmosphere. This site explains how to obtain a certificate.

Geophysics Graduate Certificate: The CU geophysics graduate certificate offers a coherent curriculum in geophysics that can complement and supplement a student's regular degree program and encourages multi-disciplinary education in the area of geophysics.



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Important Forms

PhD Deadline Sheet | MS Deadline Sheet | Candidacy Application | Doctoral Defense Leaflet | Request for Transfer of Credit | Time off Program | Letter of Completion


Geological Sciences
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Boulder, CO 80309-0399