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Earth and Environmental Science

Degree Requirement

College of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences



Degree Requirement

1. Master’s Degree ProgramAt least 9 graduate credits consisting of 3 credits in the major field of study and 6 credits outside the major field of study must be completed. Students must enroll in graduate level seminars I and II.

2. Integrated Master & Ph. D. degree program
Applicants indicating their intention when applying for graduate admission or Master’s students seeking to enter the Ph.D. degree program without completing the Master’s degree can transfer into the Ph.D. degree program after completing two semesters in the Master’s degree program by submitting the petition form. The petition will be reviewed by the department committee. The number of students accepted is limited by the entrance quota for the Ph.D. degree program. Those who successfully pursue this option do not need to submit a Master’s thesis, only a Ph.D. thesis to complete the program. The Ph.D. degree is to be completed in not less than four but not more than ten years. Students must complete at least 60 graduate credits and enroll in graduate level seminars I, II, III, and IV. A student enrolled in the Ph.D. degree program without completing the Master’s degree and who subsequently withdraws from the Ph.D. degree program may receive the Master’s degree, if the student satisfies the Master’s degree requirements.

Code Title Credits
EAES 201 Earth Materials Science 3
EAES 202 Igneous Petrology 3
EAES 203 Geochemistry 3
EAES 204 Geophysics 3
EAES 205 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
EAES 206 Aqueous Geochemistry 3
EAES 207 Hydrogeology 3
EAES 301 Structural Geology 3
EAES 307 Sedimentary Systems 3
EAES 309 Environmental Soil Science 3
EAES 402 Geological Engineering 3
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3. Ph.D. Degree Program At least 9 graduate credits outside the major field of study beyond the Master’s degree must be completed with the approval of one’s advisor and consent from the department head. Students must enroll in graduate level seminars III and IV. Students are required to publish at least two papers in domestic and/or international journals before completing the Ph.D. degree program.

4. Recommended CoursesMaster’s and Ph.D. students who have not majored in Earth and Environmental Sciences should take at least five courses from the following courses, as recommended by his/her advisor (equivalent courses to the prerequisites which students have taken from previous academic institutes before admission to the program may be substituted upon approval of his/her advisor and the department head).

5. Addendum
1) Any additional requirements specified in the KU School Regulation for Graduate Schools must also be satisfied.
2) The above Degree Requirements apply to students starting with those enrolled in the first semester 2012.



Comprehensive Examinations

1. Master’s Degree Program (3 subjects)
The Comprehensive Examination consists of a subject chosen from the major field of the core courses and two additional subjects chosen from outside the major fields of study.

2. Integrated Master & Ph. D. degree program (5 subjects)
The Comprehensive Examination consists of two subjects chosen from the major field of study and three additional subjects chosen from outside the major fields from among the following courses:

3. Ph.D. Degree Program (4 subjects)
The Comprehensive Examination consists of two subjects chosen from the major field of study and two additional subjects chosen from outside the major fields of the courses listed below.

1) GeologyMineralogy, Analysis of Minerals and Ores, Structural Geology, Tectonics, Petrogenesis, Genesis of Ore Deposits, Engineering Geology, Waste Management Geotechnology, Advanced Depositional Systems, Advanced Sedimentary Petrology and Lab
2) GeophysicsGeophysics, Geophysical Prospecting, Paleomagnetism, Advanced Environmental Geophysics
3) Geospheric EnvironmentContaminant Transport, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Aqueous Geochemistry, Soil Geochemistry, Mineral-Water Interface Geochemistry
4) Atmospheric EnvironmentAtmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry Measurements, Atmospheric Pollution