Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Guidelines

Admission Requirements

Admission to the geology graduate program is on a competitive basis dependent on availability of departmental resources at the time of student application. In order for a student to receive clear admission to the graduate geology program at Stephen F. Austin State University, he/she must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum grade point average of a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Successful completion of the following classes:
    • Physical Geology
    • Historical Geology
    • Mineralogy
    • Petrology
    • Structural Geology
    • Field Camp (Six hours)
    • Stratigraphy
  3. Plus any two (2) upper level electives, such as:
    • Optical Mineralogy
    • Geochemistry
    • Geophysics
    • Ground Water
    • Paleontology
  4. Plus the following additional requirements:
    • General Chemistry I (Chemistry 133)
    • General Chemistry II (Chemistry 134)
    • Calculus I (Mathematics 233)
    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MTH 220)
    • And either Mechanics and Heat (PHY131) and Electricity, Sound and Light (PHY132); or, Principles of Botany (BIO 131) and Principles of Zoology (BIO133)
  5. If the student does not meet all of the above requirements, he/she will be given probationary, provisional or post-baccalaureate admission and be required to take the courses that the student needs to complete his/her background. A student may be denied admission to the program because of weaknesses in their geologic background.