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This is a research-oriented department offering individually designed graduate programs. 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: past global change, geodynamics of modern and ancient orogens, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, sedimentology, petroleum geology, hydrogeology and water resources, geophysics and seismology, isotope geology and geochemistry, paleobiology, mineralogy and volcanology, and environmental geochemistry.
Research is global is 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.
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.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
- Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 to apply.
- Complete the GRE and score on average in the upper 50th percentile.
- 24 semester hours of basic geological sciences, 2 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.
- Three letters of recommendation for U.S. applicants. Four letters of recommendation for international applicants.
- Fill out the Science Summary form and upload it with your application.
- Official transcripts - 1 hard copy from each post-secondary institution attended.
- International applicants - A minimum 500 TOEFL score/61 on the IBT and financial statement showing proof of support.
- Application fee - $50 for U.S. applicants; $70 for international applicants.
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