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Graduate Catalog 2008-09


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geological Sciences


Stephen J. Culver, Chairperson, 101 Graham Building
Terri L. Woods, Director of Graduate Studies, 103 Graham Building

MS in Geology

The department offers a master of science in geology with both a thesis and non-thesis option. In the non-thesis option, a major paper is substituted for the thesis and 3 s.h. additional course work is required. Course prerequisites listed are for ECU courses; equivalent courses from other schools will be accepted. The Department of Geological Sciences is a participating department in the East Carolina University Institute of Coastal and Marine Resources and in the coastal resources management PhD program. The degree requires a minimum of 30-33 s.h. of credit as follows.

Thesis option requirements are as follows:

  1. Equivalent of the East Carolina University BS degree in geology or progress toward elimination of deficiencies defined at the time of entrance into the Graduate School.
  2. Passing a graduate qualifying examination. (See geology MS degree guidelines, available from the office of the Department of Geological Sciences.)
  3. A total of 30 s.h. of course work, of which a maximum of 6 s.h. may be from outside the department. At least 15 s.h. must be at the 6000 level.
  4. Completion of a 6 s.h. research skills option is required. The research skills option consists of GEOL 6900, 7000. (GEOL 7000 may be repeated, but a maximum of 6 s.h. can be counted toward degree.)
Non-thesis option requirements are as follows:

  1. Equivalent of the East Carolina University BS degree in geology or progress toward elimination of deficiencies defined at the time of entrance into the Graduate School.
  2. Passing a graduate qualifying examination. (See geology MS degree guidelines, available from the office of the Department of Geological Sciences.)
  3. A total of 33 s.h. of course work, of which a maximum of 6 s.h. may be from outside the department. At least 17 s.h. must be at the 6000 level.
  4. GEOL 5400, 5401.
  5. Choose one sequence from GEOL 6040, 6041; GEOL 6020, 6021; GEOL 6200, 6201.
  6. Completion of a 6 s.h. research skills option is required. The research skills option consists of GEOL 6900, 6998.