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Ph.D. Geological Sciences-Atmospheric Science
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A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation and 30 credit hours of course work approved for graduate of which a minimum of 20 credit hours must be taken within the Department of Geological Sciences including formal courses, problems, seminars, techniques, research. At least 12 credit hours must from a list of courses specific to Atmospheric Sciences defined by the Department of Geological Sciences. Current courses that can satisfy this requirement are the following:
- G540 Physical Meteorology and Climatology
- G534 Dynamic Meteorology
- G537 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology
- G538 Air Pollution Meteorology
- G556 Wind Power Meteorology
- G564 Dynamic Meteorology: Boundary-Layer Meteorology
- G570 Micrometeorology
- G576 Climate Change Science
Internal or external minor in a related field (including chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics, sustainable-energy science and environmental sciences).
Each candidate for the Ph.D. degree must pass three distinct examinations
- The Preliminary Examination
- The Qualifying Examination
- The Defense of Dissertation
The preliminary exam is taken in the January after matriculation. It consists of a written exam set by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee (typically the CGS), and a brief interview with the Ph.D. Admissions Committee. Questions on the written exam require reasoning, integration of geological concepts, demonstration of quantitative skills and elucidation of research ideas. A broad understanding of geological systems, including surficial and deep-earth processes, is expected rather than specialized knowledge in sub-disciplines.
The qualifying exam is taken when all coursework, including minor and foreign language or research skill requirements have been completed. It consists of three parts:
- Preparation of a research proposal reviewed by the student’s Research Committee
- A written exam set and evaluated by the student’s Research Committee
- An oral examination which includes a formal presentation of the proposed research and discussion of the written exam, proposal, and research plans.
Success in the qualifying exam formally admits a student to Ph.D. candidacy.
The dissertation defense consists of three parts:
- Public presentation of the dissertation research
- An open session of questions and discussion
- A rigorous closed oral examination held by the student's Research Committee