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.
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
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
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.
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.
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