Current Students

Our department currently serves 74 undergraduates and premajors and 81 graduate students seeking BS/BA, MS, and PhD degrees in different disciplines within the Geosciences. Our diverse, international student body includes students from Alaska, many other states in the US, and a number of different countries. Students are attracted to UAF for their Geosciences degrees because of the many excellent opportunities available here. Alaska is extremely tectonically active (volcanoes and earthquakes), hosts rich mineral and petroleum resources, and provides a wide array of amazing natural laboratories for student learning.

Department Graduate Student Guidelines

Below are the forms, guidelines and checklists that are needed by all graduate students in the Department of Geology & Geophysics. Please review each of these that are relevant to your situation, whether you are just starting your graduate studies as a new student in the department, are preparing for your comprehensive exam, or are getting ready to schedule your defense or finish your thesis. You should also review these forms and discuss them with your graduate thesis committee members and advisor, preferably during your first committee meeting. This is to ensure that both student and committee are aware of the guidelines and are committed to a successful graduate school experience. Please review the guidelines with your committee as needed throughout your graduate school program.

Incoming Graduate List    
TA Checklist PDF Word
RA Checklist PDF Word
Commitment List (2012)    
For Mentors PDF Word
For Graduate Students PDF Word
Comprehensive Exam Departmental Guidelines    
For M.S. Students PDF  
For Ph.D. Students PDF  
Supplement for Solid Earth Concentration PDF  
Thesis Departmental Guidelines    
Guidelines (2012) PDF Word
Annual thesis committee meetings (geophysics) PDF  

Evaluation of Oral Defense of Thesis

For M.S and Ph.D Students




Annual Student Publication Report (2014)

Department of Geosciences Annual Report Attachment

PDF Word


Undergraduate Research

Research is an important part of our undergraduate program and now is a requirement in certain disciplines.

Please review the Undergraduate Research Guidelines (below) for the steps necessary to register for Geos F488 -- Undergrad Research.


GEOS F488 FORM (fillable pdf download)

Department graduation deadlines

Spring 2020 Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Department Chair - by end of day Tuesday,  March 10, 2020

Spring 2020 Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Dean of the College - by end of day Tuesday, March 24, 2020