Graduate

An individual with a bachelor's degree may enter, if qualified, into the graduate program in Geology for the Master of Science Degree.

The graduate program requires the successful completion of course work with the option to complete and successfully defend a thesis.

Plan 1. Thesis Option: Thirty semester credit hours of coursework in Geology, including 6 SCH of thesis (6301 and 6302), and a minimum of 24 SCH of 5000-level courses. A maximum of 6 SCH of approved graduate credit may be transferred from another accredited institution. Any transfer requires the approval of both the departmental advisor and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences prior to finalizing the degree plan. 

Plan 2. Non-thesis Option: Completion of 36 SCH of coursework in Geology and pass an oral and a written exam. Six to eight SCH of coursework in a department other than Geology may be applied toward the degree with the approval of the graduate committee.

A maximum of 8 SCH qualifying transfer courses may be counted. Any transfer requires the approval of both the departmental advisor and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences prior to finalizing the degree plan. Courses not counted toward the graduate degree, such as leveling courses, are noted on the transcript with an asterisk and are not calculated in the graduate grade point average.

Application for Graduate Studies

The first step is to fill out the University's Graduate Application, available online at http://www.applytexas.org. To fill out a university financial aid application at the same time, go to Student ServicesFinancial Aid from the SRSU home page. To apply for a department assitantship, research or teaching position, come by the deparment office to pick up an application.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Biology, Geology, and Physical Sciences, offers both teaching and research assistantships. Teaching assistantships usually involve preparation and presentation of freshman (e.g., Physical Geology and Historical Geology) and select courses (e.g., Optical Minerology, Sedimentary Petrology, and others). Research assistantships may include working within "the rock lab", or within faculty or current projects. Stipends are $7,000 for nine months with half insurance costs covered, for a two year maximum.

Graduate Student Contact

For information, contact: Dr. Christopher M. Ritzi, Chair, Biology, Geology, and Physical Sciences, Sul Ross State University, SR Box C-64, Alpine, Texas 79832 critzi@sulross.edu