Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Program

The Geology Graduate Program

The Master of Science degree in geology is designed to allow graduate students to specialize in one of the two options mentioned above. The curriculum followed by graduate students is tailored, in consultation with the graduate adviser, to their special interests and talents to provide them the training needed to pursue a career consistent with their long-term life objectives.

Students wishing to pursue a master's in geology can develop graduate studies that are thesis or non-thesis tracts, with degrees consisting of a minimum of 30 or 36 hours of coursework, respectively.

The Master of Science Degree With Thesis consists of a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework, including at least: 18 hours of graduate geology coursework from at least three different major fields of geologic study (i.e. hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, or structural geology); three hours each of thesis research (GOL 589) and thesis writing (GOL 590); six hours of additional coursework as approved by the graduate committee, which may include coursework from other university programs.

The Master of Science Degree Without Thesis consists of a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework, including at least: 30 hours of graduate geology coursework from at least five different major fields of geologic study (i.e. hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, or structural geology); six hours of additional coursework as approved by the graduate committee, which may include coursework from other university programs.