Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Been accepted by a major advisor from the earth and environmental science program;
  3. Completed at least 15 quarter units of work applicable to the degree program as a graduate student at this university with the approval of the earth and environmental sciences graduate committee, and with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  4. Gained a recommendation for advancement to candidacy from the graduate committee;
  5. Submitted a formal program of graduate course work prepared in consultation with and approved by the graduate committee;
  6. Gained final approval of the program and of the candidacy itself by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 quarter units of acceptable graduate level work included in the formal program, with no less than 32 units completed in residence at this University and with at least 32 units gained from 500- and 600-level courses approved by the program;
  2. Advancement to candidacy for the degree and approval of the specific program of courses;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all graduate course work fulfilling the requirements of the program and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in each course in the program;
  4. Completion and presentation of an extended project or thesis;
  5. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the project or thesis;
  6. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368.

Department Graduate Committee and Major Advisor

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Graduate Committee consists of the graduate program coordinator and two or more faculty members. This committee will determine whether students are adequately prepared for graduate study in earth and environmental sciences, and has general supervision over the work of students progressing toward the master's degree.

Each new graduate student should consult with the graduate program coordinator for advice in selection of the appropriate graduate program. All students are responsible for selecting their major advisor and, in turn, must be accepted by the major advisor. The major advisor in consultation with the student will develop a program of specific courses and an acceptable project research proposal based on the student's interests, abilities and preparation. The major advisor in consultation with the student will develop a program of specific courses and an acceptable project/research proposal based on the student's interests, abilities and preparation. The major advisor will direct the research and, where appropriate, supervise the internship. The program of courses and the project/research topic, as well as any subsequent modification of these, are subject to approval by the earth and environmental sciences graduate committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students enrolled in the graduate program wishing to take courses off campus and include them in the degree program must petition the earth and environmental sciences graduate committee for approval, otherwise the course may not be accepted as part of the program. Extension courses at the 1000- to 9999-level are not applicable to the graduate program. 300-level courses, other than those specified as possible electives in the program will be accepted only by written approval of the committee. Courses taken to satisfy quantitative or qualitative deficiencies cannot be applied toward a master's degree. Repeat of courses or the comprehensive examination require approval of the earth and environmental sciences graduate committee and will be granted only for serious and compelling reasons.

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