University of Vermont

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Geology (Master of Science)


Research programs include environmental geology, geomorphology, and water resources; sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic environments and structural evolution of orogenic belts. Specific faculty interests include geologic history and recent sedimentation in the Lake Champlain Basin, processes and chronology of glaciation, stable and cosmogenic isotopic studies, water quality and pollutant transport, tectonic evolution of deformed continental margins, petrofabric and structural analysis of deformed rocks, partial melting processes, stratigraphy and sedimentary environments of lower Paleozoic sandstones and carbonates.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

An undergraduate major in an appropriate field: 12 semester hours in geology; satisfactory scores on the general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination. Year courses in chemistry, physics or biology, and calculus or in an approved ancillary science strongly recommended.

Requirements for Advancement to candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Satisfactory completion of one year of graduate study plus a comprehensive examination.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

Thesis and advanced courses in geology must total at least 30 semester hours, including at least one 300-level course. Advanced courses in related sciences are encouraged and may be substituted for some selected geology courses on approval by the departmental advisor. All students must complete successfully a course in field geology before graduation. This can be satisfied by Geology 201, or a comparable course at another institution, or recognized experience with a state survey, U.S. Geological Survey, an oceanographic institute, a geolimnological group or industry. Satisfactory completion will be determined by the Departmental Studies Committee.