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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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 NES107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bogdan Onac
Phone: 813-974-1067


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program 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.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

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 listed below.

Same as university admission requirements plus:

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

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

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 program 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 program 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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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

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Registration Process

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

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


Graduate Course Information

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