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The MS Geoscience offers a thesis or non-thesis option and concentrations in geology, geospatial science, and earth processes and global change.  Students, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and their major advisor will select the appropriate option and concentration based on their needs and interests.

A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another accredited institution. Grades earned on transfer work must be equivalent to "B" or better.

OPTION REQUIREMENTS

Thesis Option (Option 1)
  1. The program requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit including a minimum of three, but no more than six credit hours for the thesis (GLY 599), and no more than six credit hours of directed independent study (GLY 591 or GGY 591).  A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate credit must be completed at UNCW.
  2. Each student must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations.
  3. Each student must submit an approved thesis prospectus and successfully complete a comprehensive oral examination prior to registering for thesis hours.
  4. Each student must complete an approved course of study in his or her declared concentration within five years of the date of first registration for graduate study.
  5. Each student must complete, present and defend a thesis, based on original research, acceptable to the committee, prior to graduation. The thesis defense is open to the public.

Non-Thesis Option (Option 2)
  1. The program requires at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit, including three credit hours for final project (GLY 597) or internship (GLY/GGY 598) and no more than six credit hours of directed independent study (GLY/GGY 591).  An additional three credits of internship may be applied to the degree with approval of the Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair.  A minimum of 27 credit hours of graduate credit must be completed at UNCW.
  2. Each student must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations.
  3. Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination after the successful completion of all required core coursework with the exception of GLY 597 and GLY/GGY 598.
  4. Each student must prepare and defend a degree portfolio of significant works.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Geology concentration – thesis option (option 1):

In addition to meeting the requirements listed above for the thesis option, students must complete:

Geology concentration – non-thesis option (option 2):

In addition to meeting the requirements for the non-thesis option listed above, students must complete:

Geospatial Science concentration – thesis option (option 1):

In addition to completing the requirements listed above for the thesis option, students must complete:

Geospatial Science concentration – non-thesis option (option 2):

In addition to meeting the requirements for the non-thesis option listed above, students must complete:

Earth Processes and Global Change concentration – thesis option (option 1):

In addition to meeting the requirements listed above for the thesis option, students must complete:

Student Learning Outcomes for the M.S. degree in Geoscience

1: Students must be able to critically read, logically evaluate, and professionally communicate geological data, problems, and issues in both oral and written communications.

2: Students must be able to formulate and test hypotheses through critical review of professional literature, and laboratory simulations, or field research and experiments in geology. Students must also be able to recognize sources of error, uncertainty, and limitations of data and results.

3:  (Thesis option) – students must be able to evaluate arguments and solve problems through collection and analysis of new, original geological data, application of practical methods and techniques, and integration of mathematics and other natural sciences.

     (Non thesis option) – Students must demonstrate proficiency in the areas of field geology, petrology and mineralogy, sedimentary and historical geology, surficial processes, structural geology, environmental geology, engineering geology, and Earth resources.

Department of Geography and Geology Graduate Course Descriptions


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