Ours is a research-oriented department that offers individually designed graduate programs. As such, the department does not have a formal program of rigidly defined courses leading to the MS or PhD in geological sciences but offers the following areas of concentration: geodynamics of modern and ancient orogens, quantitative geomorphological analysis, biogeochemistry and geobiology, astrobiology and planetary geology, past global change, sedimentology, petroleum geology, hydrogeology and water resources, geophysics and seismology, isotope geology and geochemistry, geochronology, paleobiology, mineralogy and volcanology, and environmental geochemistry.
Research is global in scope with faculty working on every continent and many ocean basins on Earth. Our department also capitalizes on the proximity of the campus to the natural laboratory of Colorado and the western U.S. A number of research centers and institutes are affiliated with the department, including the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Research (CIRES), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), the Center for Astrobiology, the Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center (EMARC), and the University Museum. Related areas of study are geography, astrophysical and planetary sciences, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, physics and geophysics, ecology and evolutionary biology, and environmental engineering.
In general, applicants should have completed 24 semester hours of basic geological sciences, and two semesters each of chemistry, physics, and calculus. In some cases, an applicant may substitute part of the 24 credits with other fields of science, mathematics, or engineering. These are intended as recommendations, rather than strictly enforced requirements for admission.
Please visit the department website at www.cugeology.org for additional information.
Requires 24 semester hours of formal coursework including 4 to 6 credits of thesis research for a thesis (Plan I) or 30 semester hours without a thesis (Plan II). At least 24 semester hours must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.
Requires 30 semester hours of formal coursework in courses numbered 5000 and above. Students must complete an additional 30 hours of dissertation research credit.
Financial support is available to graduate students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and loans.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Geological Sciences
Graduate Program Assistant
Benson Earth Sciences Building Room 285
Boulder, CO 80309-0399