Admissions

We encourage students with majors in geology and complementary disciplines to enter our Geosciences graduate program. We do not require incoming students to have completed an exact equivalent of our undergraduate curriculum in geosciences prior to admission. We do require students to have completed at least one year each of geosciences, calculus, physics, and chemistry prior to admission. However, at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, course deficiencies may be satisfied during the student's first year. Such students and those with non-geosciences undergraduate degrees will meet with their prospective thesis advisor to design a suitable schedule of remedial coursework. Students receiving a teaching assistantship are required to have sufficient background in geosciences to teach assigned courses effectively.

Applicants are required to submit a standardized form listing completed coursework (Form A) and a personal statement with a clear discussion of research interests that indicates faculty with whom the student wishes to work.

Our expectations for admission include the following:

  1. GPA of 3.0 or higher in geosciences and related sciences
  2. Strong letters of recommendation
  3. Acceptance by a faculty member as a provisional advisee

The Department recognizes the variance in these measures from different colleges, various curricula, and test taking abilities. Thus, strong performance in some areas may outweigh lesser results in others. The Department of Geosciences does not require the GRE.

The University is committed to providing programs that are accessible and usable by students with disabilities. Applicants and students with disabilities will be provided with reasonable modifications and accommodations. Applicants and students who seek a reasonable modification should begin the process by registering with the Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS). University policy as well as federal and state law prohibits retaliation against anybody for exercising their right to request a reasonable modification or accommodation.