Geology, MS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Thesis Option

Total Hours: 30 Hours

Required Coursework
GEOL 5243Research Methods and Techniques in Geosciences3
Select 21 hours of the following courses. Not to exceed 8 hours of GEOL 5990 "Advanced Studies in Geology." Maximum 9 hours can be transferred with "B" or better. Courses from other academic units can be taken with approval of MS student Research Committee. All courses are 3 hours.21
Quaternary Geology and Geochronology
Paleontology of Depositional Sequences
Advanced Methods in Structural Geology
GEOL 5203
Seismic Interpretation
Research Methods and Techniques in Geosciences
Depositional Systems
Subsurface Geologic Methods
Advanced Well Log Analysis
Carbonate Depositional Systems
Sequence Stratigraphy
Isotope Geochemistry
GEOL 5443
Groundwater Modeling
Physical Hydrogeology
Integrated Petroleum Water Resources Management
Marine Geology
Organic Geochemistry
Introduction to Exploration Seismology
GEOL 5553
Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
Basin Evolution
Exploration Prospect Evaluation
Volcanology
Planetary Geology
GEOL 5990 Advanced Studies in Geology
GEOL 5990 Plate Tectonics
GEOL 5990 Spectral Signal Processing
GEOL 5990 Seismic Data Processing
Gravity and Magnetic Methods
Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs
Geology of Shales
Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
Carbonate Reservoir Characterization
Sequence Stratigraphy of Shales
Biogeophysics
Contaminant Transport
Hours Subtotal24
Thesis
GEOL 5000Master's Thesis6
Hours Subtotal6
Total Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

Total Hours: 33 Hours

Required Coursework
GEOL 5990Advanced Studies in Geology3
Select 30 hours of the following courses. Maximum 9 hours can be transferred. All courses are 3 hours.30
Quaternary Geology and Geochronology
Paleontology of Depositional Sequences
Advanced Methods in Structural Geology
GEOL 5203
Seismic Interpretation
Research Methods and Techniques in Geosciences
Depositional Systems
Subsurface Geologic Methods
Advanced Well Log Analysis
Carbonate Depositional Systems
Sequence Stratigraphy
Isotope Geochemistry
GEOL 5443
Groundwater Modeling
Physical Hydrogeology
Integrated Petroleum Water Resources Management
Marine Geology
Organic Geochemistry
Introduction to Exploration Seismology
GEOL 5553
Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
Basin Evolution
Exploration Prospect Evaluation
Volcanology
Planetary Geology
GEOL 5990 Plate Tectonics
GEOL 5990 Spectral Signal Processing
GEOL 5990 Seismic Data Processing
Gravity and Magnetic Methods
Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs
Geology of Shales
Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods
Carbonate Reservoir Characterization
Sequence Stratigraphy of Shales
Biogeophysics
Hours Subtotal33
Total Hours33

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Graduate College Masters Degree Requirements

Plan I (coursework with thesis)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A minimum of 24 coursework credit hours comprised of:
      • 6 research or creative component credit hours
      • 21 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
      • 21 credit hours at 5000- or 6000-level

Plan II (coursework without thesis)

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
    • A maximum of 3 credit hours of research or creative component
    • A minimum of 23 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer credit hours with "B" or better)
    • A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 5000- or 6000-level