2003-2004 UAF Catalog
Degrees and Programs
College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Geology and Geophysics(907) 474-7565 B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 130 credits; M.S.: 30 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits
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Graduates in geology have broad backgrounds in the earth sciences and firm foundations in mathematics, physics and chemistry. There are many concentrations available in the geological sciences, and the suggested curricula are intended to be flexible enough to allow students to pursue their own emphasis in the junior and senior years.
The bachelor's degree prepares students for positions with industry or government or for graduate studies. The M.S. program is tailored to the special research and study interest of the student.
There are about 40 professional geoscientists in residence on campus and graduate students normally participate in the ongoing research of these professionals. Teaching and research assistantships are available to graduate students in many of these areas.
1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete MATH 200X, CHEM 105X and 106X.)
5. Minimum credits required (130 credits)
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each GEOS course and in all courses that fulfill requirement 4.
** GEOS 351 is offered at UAF when there is sufficient demand. In years when GEOS 351 is not offered (decision made early in fall semester), students are required to take a 6-credit field geology class at another institution. The Department of Geology and Geophysics will offer financial assistance to geology majors when GEOS 351 is not offered to attend an approved field camp at another institution. The geology and geophysics undergraduate advisor will assist students in placement in a field geology class and will inform the department head about students requiring financial aid.
Studies in geophysics: Students interested in pursuing a program in geophysics are encouraged to pursue a major in geology which includes GEOS 418 and 416 with a minor in physics. Students should consult with the geology department regarding constructing a plan of study.
Minor1. Complete the following:
Graduate ProgramGeology -- M.S. Degree
Concentrations: Economic Geology; General Geology; Petroleum Geology; Quaternary Geology; Remote Sensing; and Volcanology
1. Complete the following admission requirements: Economic Geology General Geology Petroleum Geology Quaternary Geology Remote Sensing Volcanology
Economic Geologya. Complete GEOS 675, 618 or equivalent; GEOS 418 or equivalent; 9 credits in applied geoscience; and at least 1 course in mineral economics or engineering management, as approved by the graduate advisory committee.
General Geologya. Complete 12 credits at the 600-level as approved by the graduate advisory committee.
Petroleum Geologya. Complete 12 credits of coursework at the 600-level from courses in the following disciplines: structural geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geophysics, and/or petroleum engineering, as approved by the graduate advisory committee.
Quaternary Geologya. Complete 9 credits in quaternary geology and at least 1 course in another area of quaternary studies, as approved by the graduate advisory committee.
Remote Sensinga. Complete GEOS 623 and 10 credits in remote sensing-related courses, as approved by the graduate advisory committee.
Volcanologya. Complete 10 credits in volcanology-related courses, as approved by the graduate advisory committee.
1. Complete the following admission requirement:
Note: In addition to the facilities available directly through the instructional program, UAF has active research laboratories in the fields of seismology, volcanology, paleomagnetism, isotope geochronology, glaciology and ice physics in the Geophysical Institute (see Geophysical Institute under Research). These laboratories can frequently provide topics for M.S. and Ph.D. theses. Other laboratories are also available in other divisions on campus, as listed under Research.
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