M.S. in Geological Sciences

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Admission Requirements 

In addition to the materials required of all Master's program applicants by the UTEP Graduate School, applicants for the M.S. in Geological Sciences must provide

  1. Three letters of reference
  2. A personal statement/essay explaining the applicant's motivation for pursuing the M.S. in Geological Sciences and their qualifications and preparation for graduate study.
  3. GRE is not a requirement 

All admission requirements will be reviewed holistically to assess the potential of the applicant. We strongly encourage applicants to contact Geological Science faculty for research opportunities. 

Degree Requirements 

All University-wide UTEP requirements for Master's degrees and graduate students progress will apply.  Graduate students are required to enroll in the GEOL 5101 Graduate Seminar  for four semesters.

Students must complete at least 30 semester hours, including three semester hours each of Thesis I and Thesis II, which may not be taken concurrently.  No more than six semester hours can be in Directed Study coursework and no more than nine semester hours can be in approved undergraduate coursework.

Thesis

A written thesis, approved by the student's thesis committee, is required for graduation.  The subject of the thesis is to be selected in consultation with the student's thesis advisor, and must be approved by the student's thesis committee.

Before enrolling in Thesis I, and prior to the start of the third full semester, all students must successfully complete a written thesis proposal.  The thesis proposal is successfully defended after it has been signed and approved by their thesis committee and circulated to and approved by the Department of Geological Sciences faculty.  The student's thesis committee shall be approved by the Department of Geological Sciences Graduate Program Committee.

The student is required to successfully defend the thesis in an open meeting under the supervision of his or her thesis committee.  A draft copy of the thesis, approved by the student's thesis advisor, must be submitted to the thesis committee 14 days before the defense.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Geology (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
GEOL 5101Graduate Seminar (Student must enroll in Graduate Seminar every semester in residence)1
Graduate Course Work:
Select twenty-three hours from the following:23
Graduate Seminar
GEOL 5102
Selected Topics in Geol Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Selected Topics in Geol Scienc
Directed Study in Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Earth Materials
GEOL 5306
GEOL 5307
Planetary Geology
Mineral Resrcs, Econ & Environ
Intro Entrepreneurial Geosci
GEOL 5311
Selected Topics-Geological Sci
Hydrogeology
Petroleum Geology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Introduction to GIST
Advanced GIST
Spat Analysis Earth/Env Sci
Geocomputation
Isotope Geology
Advanced Petrology
GEOL 5345
GEOL 5348
Directed Study in Geology
Sandstone Petrography
Sedimentary Depositional Envir
Basin Analysis
Quantit Techniq Geological Sci
Low Temperature Geochemistry
Global Biochemical Cycles
GEOL 5379
Paleoclimatology
GEOL 5384
GEOL 5387
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
GEOL 5392
Geol/Mineral Resources Mexico
Thesis
Thesis
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Dissertation
Dissertation
GEOL 6323
GEOL 6325
Sandstone Petrography
Carbonate Petrogrph & Dep. Env
Sedimentary Depositional Env
Sequence Stratigraphy
Hydrogeology
Environmental Tracers in Water
GEOL 6344
GEOL 6360
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Atmospheric Processes
Digital Image Processing
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Reflection Seismic Data Proces
Seismology
Topics in Geophysics
Well Logging
Plate Tectonics
GEOP 5362
Directed Study in Geophysics
GEOP 5364
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Advanced Seismology
Advanced Seismic Methods
GEOP 6360
Thesis:
GEOL 5398
GEOL 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours30