Geological Sciences, Ph.D.
- Students will apply the knowledge, principles and practices of the primary areas of the geological sciences as well as those within their specialization area.
- Students will generate original research that incorporates discipline-specific scientific methodology, quantitative problem-solving skills, equipment utilization, experimental or numerical techniques in the laboratory and/or in the field.
- Students will effectively communicate discipline-specific research findings both orally and in writing at a professional level.
Degree Requirements (30 Post-Masters Hours)
The Ph.D. degree requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree, or a minimum of 30 hours beyond the master’s degree, including at least 12 credit hours of GEOL 899. Additional course work is determined by the student and his/her advisory committee in accordance with departmental requirements and the student’s background and specific needs. Qualifying and comprehensive exams must be successfully completed in a timely manner. The oral portion of the comprehensive exam consists, in part, of the defense of a paper written by the student which has been submitted for publication in an approved peer-reviewed journal. All Ph.D. candidates are required to publish one paper in and submit a second paper to refereed scientific journals prior to graduation. A written dissertation is required which must be successfully defended. Additional details are available from the director of graduate studies for the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment via e-mail at: GradDir@seoe.sc.edu.