Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences

The principal objectives of the Ph.D. program are to provide students an opportunity to reach a critical understanding of basic scientific principles underlying their fields of interest and to cultivate their ability to apply these principles creatively through training in advanced methods of analysis, research, and synthesis.

Geosciences case in Keplinger Hall

Mineral Collection Adds Interest and Color

The family of Ed Siereveld donated his collection of minerals to the Geosciences Department.

The mineral collection currently being enjoyed by all visitors, students, faculty, and staff in the atrium on the main floor in Keplinger Hall was donated to the Geosciences Department by Arlene Siereveld of Wagoner, Oklahoma, to highlight the work of her late husband, Ed.

Ed was an electrical engineer, educator, and avid rock collector. His enjoyment of the vast collection extended to education. He would have classrooms of school children visit the basement of his home where the collection was always on display.

The specimens come from all over the world, sometimes with the same mineral represented from many different countries, such as the deep green Malachite minerals. There is beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli from Badakshan, Afghanistan and a lovely purple specimen called Charioite – found only in Russia. The collection also features many excellent specimens from the United States.

The collection was cataloged and photographed by Catherine Webster, currently the lab coordinator in the Geosciences Department. She also cleaned and filled the display cabinet with the specimens. There are many more pieces of interest and beauty that will be added to the case in the future.

All specimens are labeled with their name, location, and chemical formula. This information provides opportunities for students to learn more about the world around them. Ed Siereveld would be pleased with the attention his collection receives on a daily basis.

Curriculum Requirements. The Ph.D. program requires 72 approved credit hours of graduate credit above the baccalaureate level, distributed in the following manner:

  • Minimum credit hours of research and dissertation, which may include 6 hours of master’s degree thesis credits (36 hours)
  • Minimum credit hours of graduate credit in course work and independent study, including master’s degree course work (36 hours)
  • Minimum credit hours of course work outside the major area (12 hours)
  • Maximum credit hours of independent study (12 hours)
  • Maximum credit hours of 6000-level course work (24 hours)

Students may be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate courses and remove deficiencies without graduate credit which may result in a program of more than 72 credit hours. If approved by the advisory committee (see below), as many as 30 credit hours of course work and research completed in a master’s degree program at any accredited institution may be distributed, as outlined above, among the 72 hours of graduate credit. Not more than 12 credit hours of approved doctoral-level courses beyond the M.S. may be transferred from another institution. A GPA of at least 3.3 must be maintained. These requirements are not variable except under special circumstances and with permission of the student’s advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Detailed information about the Doctoral program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students should familiarize themselves with all requirements for the Doctoral degree.