The Department of Geological Sciences offers graduate work leading to the M.S. degree (thesis option) and to the Ph.D. degree in disciplines represented by Departmental faculty. The focus of the program is to prepare students for careers in industry, government and academia.
The credentials of each applicant are considered individually and applicants, from other scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants should, have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 at the undergraduate level and, knowledge in the basic sciences. Deficiencies in geosciences, allied sciences and mathematics must be removed by such course work as the departmental committee on graduate studies may specify.
Candidates for the M.S. degree must complete 24 credit hours and submit a thesis that demonstrates ability to conduct sound research. Candidates for the Ph.D. must pass a written and oral Qualifying Examination, submit and defend a dissertation based on original and significant research, and satisfy the Graduate School requirements. Students are encouraged to tailor their course curriculum to their academic interests and career goals both within, and in allied fields outside the Department.
The principal areas of study include shallow seismic geophysics, hydrogeology, coal geology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and petrology. Resources for the conduct of graduate research include: the Pirtle geology library, a state-of-the-art microcomputer laboratory, petrographic microscopes, field vehicles and a staffed thin section laboratory. Analytical facilities include electron microprobe, X-ray diffraction, fluid inclusion analysis and organic petrography. Geophysical facilities include the Kentucky Digital Seismic network, a 48-channel digital seismic reflection/refraction unit with energy source, a resistivity unit, and magnetometers.
GLY 401G INVERTEBRATE PALEOBIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (3)
GLY 420G STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (4)
GLY 450G SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY (4)
GLY 513 REMOTE SENSING AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
GLY 530 LOW TEMPERATURE GEOCHEMISTRY (3)
GLY 552 SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY (3)
GLY 555 STRATIGRAPHY (3)
GLY 560 GEOPHYSICAL FIELD METHODS (3)
GLY 570 SEMINAR IN GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1)
GLY 575 GEODYNAMICS (3)
GLY 579 GROUNDWATER GEOPHYSICS (3)
GLY 585 HYDROGEOLOGY (3)
GLY 610 TOPICS IN HYDROGEOLOGY AND SURFICIAL PROCESSES (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GLY 620 TECTONICS (3)
GLY 624 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (3)
GLY 625 TOPICS IN APPLIED GEOPHYSICS AND ENGINEERING GEOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GLY 645 TOPICS IN PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GLY 652 TECTONICS AND STRATIGRAPHY (3)
GLY 703 PALEOECOLOGY/PALEONTOLOGY SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)
GLY 715 COAL GEOLOGY SEMINAR (2)
GLY 730 SEMINAR IN TECTONICS AND STRATIGRAPHY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GLY 741 CLAY MINERALOGY (SAME AS PLS 741) (3)
GLY 745 SEMINAR IN PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GLY 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
GLY 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
GLY 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
GLY 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
GLY 782 INDIVIDUAL WORK IN GEOLOGY (1-3)
GLY 790 RESEARCH IN GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES (0-6)