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GEOLOGY

EEPS Degree Completion
Guidelines and Instructions

To progress in a timely manner through your graduate studies in the EEPS program be sure you regularly meet with your advisor as well as the graduate coordinator each semester.

The following information and program guidelines should be used to expedite your graduate studies. A guidelines checksheet should be downloaded from HERE and used to keep track of your progress.

Major Items and Deadlines for Degree Completion

  1. Deficiency Coursework
  2. Coursework and Plan of Study
  3. Selection of Advisor

1. Deficiency Coursework

Be sure to define all deficiency coursework required for completion as soon as you enter the EEPS program. If you were admitted on a conditional or probationary status, then you will most likely have deficiencies. A list of deficiencies should be attached with your letter of admission into the program.

Deadlines:
You should remove all deficiencies by the end of the second semester enrolled as a graduate student. If you are unsure if you have course deficiencies, contact the EEPS graduate coordinator immediately.

2. Coursework and Plan of Study

All EEPS students must complete 60% of their coursework at the 700-800 level in order to graduate. Three interdisciplinary EEPS courses must be taken as part of the 18 hours of 700-800 level coursework. These courses are:

  • EEPS 700 (Technical Sessions; must be taken twice)
  • EEPS 701 (Computer Methods in Science)
  • EEPS 721 (Current Issues in Environmental Science).

Deadlines:
You must submit to the EEPS graduate coordinator a Plan of Study for the EEPS degree by the end of your second semester or after 12 hours of coursework. There are four Plan of Study options that the student must define at this time. The Plan of Study options are:

  • Thesis
  • Internship
  • Research (non-thesis)
  • Non-thesis (coursework-only)

Description for each Plan of Study is listed below. If a student does not propose their thesis, research or internship project by the end of their third semester in the program, they will automatically be assigned to the "coursework-only" plan of study. A student in this situation will not be eligible for thesis, research or internship options.

THESIS OPTION
Thesis research is recommended for students who will pursue PhD study. Students seeking professional employment after graduation may also choose to pursue the thesis option. Requirements for this option are:
(1)  The student must present a research proposal to the EEPS faculty to ensure that the research has merit and can be completed in a reasonable period of time.

  • The proposal must be presented by the end of the student's third semester in the program;
  • otherwise, the student will automatically be assigned to the "coursework-only" plan of study and not be eligible for thesis, research or internship options.

(2)  The student must write a thesis.
(3)  The student must give a public oral defense.
(4)  A total of 30 credit hours are required

  • a maximum of 6 thesis credit hours (EEPS/GEOL 890 Thesis or equivalent) can be counted toward the degree
  • 1 cr of EEPS 702 (Research Methods) is required.


INTERNSHIP OPTION
Students wishing to gain interdisciplinary and/or professional skills in the fields covered by the EEPS program can participate in applied and/or basic research internship projects with industry or government agencies. Requirements for this option are:
(1)  Enrollment in internship projects requires an approved proposal.

  • The proposal must be presented by the end of the student's third semester in the program;
  • otherwise, the student will automatically be assigned to the "coursework-only" plan of study and not be eligible for thesis, research or internship options.

(2)  Completion of an internship for graduation requires a formal oral presentation of the internship “research”
(3)  Submission of a advisor-approved final report
(4)  A total of 33 credit hours are required

  • a maximum of 6 internship credit hours (EEPS 889) can be counted toward the degree.


RESEARCH (NON-THESIS) OPTION
This option is an alternative to thesis research for degree requirements. Students are required to take research courses and conduct research under the supervision of an EEPS faculty member. Requirements for this option are:

(1)  A research proposal.

  • The proposal must be presented to the faculty committee by the end of the student's third semester in the program;
  • otherwise, the student will automatically be assigned to the "coursework-only" plan of study and not be eligible for thesis, research or internship options.

(2)  An advisor-approved, final report.
(3)  A total of 33 credit hours is required

  • a maximum of 3 research credit hours (GEOL 800 Research in Geology or equivalent) can be counted toward the degree.
  • 1cr of EEPS 702 Research Methods is required.

COURSEWORK-ONLY DEGREE OPTION
In this plan of study, students are not required to take research courses; instead a total of 36 credit hours is required. This plan is recommended for students who do not desire a career in industry or postsecondary education.

3. Advisor and Committee Selection

Every student must visit with all faculty members in the department before making final selection of an advisor. This ensures that you have a broad understanding of the research and mentoring strategies of each of the faculty. This is particularly important for those students enrolled in the thesis, internship and non-thesis (research) options.

Deadlines:
All students should select an advisor before the end of their first semester in the program. Students who have defined a thesis, internship, or research (non-thesis) Plan of Study must also define a project committee by their third semester.