Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) Degree Program

The requirement for Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) program will be established individually by a student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee, but must meet the minimum requirements presented below. The Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) academic program will require a minimum of 72 hours of course and research credit hours (a maximum of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work). All students must complete a minimum of 24 research credit hours and must complete a minimum of 48 course credit hours. Up to 24 relevant course credit hours may be awarded by the student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee for completion of a Master of Science degree (at CSM or elsewhere). To ensure breadth of background, the course of study to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) must include at least one graduate course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/sedimentology, structural geology/tectonics, and petrology (this breadth requirement may be satisfied by courses already taken as part of a Master of Science degree). At the discretion of the student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee, an appropriate course may be substituted for one (and only one) of the fields above. All Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) students must pass a qualifying examination and must complete an appropriate thesis based upon original research they have conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be approved by the student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee before the student begins substantial work on the thesis research.

Prospective students should submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination with their application for admission to graduate study. In the event that it is not possible, because of geographic and other restrictions, to take the Graduate Record Examination prior to enrolling at Colorado School of Mines, enrollment may be granted on a provisional basis subject to satisfactory completion of the examination within the first year of residence.

Prerequisites: The candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) must have completed the following or equivalent subjects, for which credit toward an advanced degree will not be granted: General geology, structural geology, field geology (6 weeks), mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of physical or organic), mathematics (2 semesters of calculus), an additional science course (other than geology) or advanced mathematics, and physics (2 semesters).

Qualifying Examination: Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying examination by the end of the second year of their programs. This timing may be adjusted for part-time students. This examination will be administered by the student's Doctoral committee and will consist of an oral and a written examination, administered in a format to be determined by the Doctoral Committee. Two negative votes in the Doctoral Committee constitute failure of the examination. In case of failure of the qualifying examination, a reexamination may be given upon the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean. Only one re-examination may be given.

See CSM Graduate Catalog (Department of Geology and Geological Engineering) for more details.
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