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Geology Graduate Program


General Guidelines and Requirements for Current Graduate Students

Additional information can be found within the USF Tampa Graduate Catalog 2015-2016. For current graduate students, you are strongly encouraged to discuss with your major professor and committee about specific recommendations for your research area.

If you have any questions regarding the Geology MS, PSM or PhD programs, please contact:

Graduate Program Director:

Dr. Bogdan Onac
Office: SCA 506
Email: bonac@usf.edu

Academic Program Specialist:

Jessica N. Wilson
Office: NES 209
Email: normanj@usf.edu

THESIS-TRACK MS DEGREE IN GEOLOGY

(identical to the Graduate Catalog)

The USF Geology program requires a candidate for the thesis-track MS Degree to complete at least 30 graduate credit hours. These hours are subdivided into 24 hours of structured coursework, of which at least ten (10) must be at the 6000 level, and at least six (6) hours in thesis research (GLY 6971). 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.

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 all Geology program 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. The thesis defense is evaluated based on this scoring rubric

PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE MASTER'S DEGREE (PSM) IN GEOLOGY

(Different from the Graduate Catalog; the Graduate Catalog is being updated)

The Professional Science Master's Degree program requires 24 hours of structured coursework, a 3-credit course, Introduction to Professional Geology, and a 3-credit Professional Internship Research Project, totaling 30 credit hours. A list of approved courses is available on the USF Geology website. The Professional Internship Research projects, which are supervised by Professional Geologists (PGs) or equivalent researcher, must receive prior approval by the Internship Coordinator. The curriculum requires a comprehensive exit exam that is based on coursework and the internship project. Before the exit 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 internship committee.

All degree candidates are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress at all times. Satisfactory academic progress in this program is defined as progress in coursework. Evidence of academic progress includes timely completion of all program requirements such as the completion of any prerequisites or deficiencies, timely progress toward completion of the program, maintaining a satisfactory GPA, and making progress on developing and completing an Internship Project.

PhD DEGREE IN GEOLOGY

STARTING AFTER A MS DEGREE (Identical to the Graduate Catalog)

A minimum of 60 credit hours will be required for students pursuing a PhD degree following a MS degree. The PhD program in Geology requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate (6000 level) structured course work following the Master's or equivalent. Course requirements beyond this are at the discretion of the student's committee. All doctoral students must maintain good standing in the Graduate School (overall GPA = 3.0) and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their 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 15-hour, structured course requirement. There is also a requirement that PhD 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.

General examinations and presentations of thesis proposals should be completed no later than the end of the second year in the doctoral program. 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 graduate faculty, and at least one member not part of the USF Geology faculty. 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. The general examinations are evaluated based on this scoring rubric

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., Geology colloquium, oral or poster sessions at a scientific meeting of at least regional scope. The dissertation defense is evaluated based on this scoring rubric

STARTING AFTER A BS DEGREE (Different from the Graduate Catalog; the Graduate Catalog is being updated)

A minimum of 90 credit hours will be required for student pursuing a PhD degree from a BS degree. This includes any graduate credits earned prior to admission to the doctoral program.  Compared to the requirements starting from a MS degree as described in the above section, 30 additional credit hours are required for students starting from a BS degree. Students are recommended to satisfy the requirements similar to that of a MS degree during the first two years of the PhD study. The PhD program in Geology requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate (6000 level) structured course work following the Master's or equivalent. For students starting with a BS degree, the 15 credit hours are in addition to the graduate structured hours recommended for the MS degree equivalent during the first two years. Course requirements beyond this are at the discretion of the student's committee. 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 15-hour, structured course requirement. There is also a requirement that PhD 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.

General examinations and presentations of thesis proposals should be completed no later than the end of the second year in the doctoral program. The examining and dissertation committees are the same and will be comprised of no less than five (5) members, at least three (3) of which must be USF graduate faculty, and at least one member not part of the USF Geology faculty. 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. The general examinations are evaluated based on this scoring rubric

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., Geology colloquium, oral or poster sessions at a scientific meeting of at least regional scope. The dissertation defense is evaluated based on this scoring rubric