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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Geology (GLY)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 40.0601
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Geosciences Department (SGS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue NES 107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bogdan Onac
Phone: 813-974-1067
Email: bonac@usf.edu

Website: http://geology.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information


Geology incorporates the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to study the earth and the processes that affect our planet.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • listing of previous coursework
  • transcripts
  • GRE is required, but no minimum specified

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

6
Total Minimum Hours:30
Core Requirements24
 
Structured coursework, of which at least ten hours must be at 6000 level, selected with the advisor, from the following list, or other course as approved by the Graduate Director:
GLY 5752 Geological Field Excursion2
GLY 5865 Statistical Models in Geology3
GLY 5932 Selected Topics in Geology1-4
GLY 6075 Greenhouse-Icehouse Earth3
GLY 6156 Geology of North America2
GLY 6246 General Geochemistry3
GLY 6248 Sedimentary Geochemistry3
GLY 6255 Tracer Geochemistry3
GLY 6285C Analytical Techniques in Geology3
GLY 6345 Sedimentary Petrography3
GLY 6395C Topics in Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology2-4
GLY 6424 Global Tectonics2
GLY 6475C Principles of Applied Geophysics4
GLY 6492 Hydrogeology Internship Project3
GLY 6573 Fluvial Hydrology and Geomorphology3
GLY 6575C Coastal Sedimentation3
GLY 6739 Selected Topics in Geology1-4
GLY 6824 Ecohydrology3
GLY 6827C Advanced Hydrogeology4
GLY 6828 Ground-Water Geochemistry3
GLY 6836 Numerical Modeling of Hydrogeologic Systems3
GLY 6905 Independent Study1-19
 
Thesis Option:
Thesis6 hours
GLY 6971 Thesis
 
Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degree Option6 hours
GLY 6xxxIntroduction to Professional Geology3
GLY 6492 Professional Internship Research Project3
The Professional Internship projects are typically supervised by a Professional Geologists (PG) and must receive prior approval by the internship coordinator. The student must submit an Internship Project Report approved by the supervising PG. The student must then present the results of their projects at an evening public meeting hosted by the Geology Alumni Society typically at the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Tampa office.
 
Comprehensive Exam
For student's in the thesis option, the thesis defense serves as the comprehensive exam. For students in the Professional Science Master's Degree option, the comprehensive exit exam is based on coursework and an internship project. Before the exam, the student must submit an Internship Project Report approved by the supervising PG. The internship committee determines the format of the exam. Normally, it is an oral examination following the student's presentation of the results of the internship project to the hydrogeology internship committee.

Other Information:
The curriculum for a Geology graduate student varies depending on the area of research interest. Specific course work for the degree is determined via consultation between the student, his/her primary advisor and his/her student advisory committee. Other pertinent information regarding graduate study is contained in the Department's Graduate Student Handbook, which is available upon request.

All degree candidates are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress at all times. Satisfactory academic progress in this major is defined as progress in course and thesis work. Evidence of academic progress includes timely completion of departmental requirements such as selecting a primary advisor, forming a student advisory committee, completion of any prerequisites or deficiencies, timely progress toward completion of the thesis, maintaining a satisfactory GPA, defending a thesis proposal, and making a public presentation. A schedule for meeting these requirements is contained in the Department's Graduate Student Handbook.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

GLY6971,