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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Geology (GLY)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 40.0601
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

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: February 15

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: January 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 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:60 hours post master's
90 hours post bachelors
Core requirements15 hours
Structured coursework, of which at least fifteen 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
LY 6828 Ground-Water Geochemistry3
GLY 6836 Numerical Modeling of Hydrogeologic Systems3
GLY 6905 Independent Study1-19
Other Course Requirements33 hours
Determined at the discretion of the student's committee.May include GLY 7912 - Directed Research.
Qualifying Exam and Admission to Candidacy
Admission to candidacy will be based on the results of a general examination administered by the student's committee. The format of the exam will be determined by the committee at least one week prior to the onset of the examination. Normally, it will consist of a written section or sections, followed by an oral examination chaired by the student's research advisor. After admission to candidacy, all doctoral students will make at least one formal presentation of their research prior to graduation. Any appropriate venue is acceptable, e.g., Dept. colloquium, oral or poster sessions at a scientific meeting of at least regional scope.
General examinations and presentations of dissertation proposals should be completed no later than the end of the second year in the doctoral program or at the time determined by the student's committee. The examining and dissertation committees are the same and will be comprised of no less than five members, at least three of which must be USF faculty, and at least one member from outside the department.
Dissertation12 hours
GLY 7980 - Dissertation
Other Information
A minimum of 90 credit hours will be required for students pursuing a Ph.D. degree from a B.S. degree. This includes any graduate credits earned prior to admission to the doctoral program. Compared to the requirements starting from a M.S. degree as described in the paragraph below, 30 additional credit hours are required for students starting from a B.S. degree. Students are recommended to satisfy the requirements similar to that of a MS degree during the first two years of the Ph.D. study.

All doctoral students must maintain good standing in the Graduate School (overall GPA =3.0) and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the degree. Any student who receives a C in a structured course will be placed on academic probation. This probation can be terminated by achieving grades of B or higher in the subsequent semester of full-time enrollment. If a second grade of C is received, the student is terminated from the doctoral program. Only courses in which the student receives at least a B may be counted toward the structured-course requirement. There is also a requirement that Ph.D. students have at least two semesters of full-time residence. While meeting the residency requirements, candidates must be full-time students in good academic standing.

College Degree Requirements

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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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