Master of Science in Geosciences (Non-Thesis Option)

Non-Thesis Program Requirements

  • Minimum credit hours outside major discipline (6 hours)
  • Required credit hours of non-thesis option report (3 hours)
  • Minimum credit hours of at least 7000 level, excluding report (15 hours)
  • Minimum credit hours in major discipline, excluding report  (9 hours)
  • Maximum credit hours in independent study (6 hours)
  • Maximum credit hours of 6000-level course work (15 hours)

Minimum total credit hours -36

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.

Students may be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate courses and remove deficiencies without graduate credit, resulting in a program of more than 36 credit hours.

Students intending to take the non-thesis option should declare to the Graduate School at the end of their first semester (or for part-time students, after completing nine credit hours). This option requires the approval of the departmental chair and the Dean of the Graduate School. At the time of enrollment in a non-thesis option, the student must select both a general area in which to write a report and a member of the graduate faculty willing to supervise the report and approve the remainder of the study program. The report is the culmination of independent study and may be the result of an extensive literature search, fieldwork, laboratory work, or similar effort. The report must follow the general guidelines for writing a thesis and is subject to the advisor’s approval. Students in the non-thesis option must enroll in GEOL or GPHY 7913 for the report portion of their program.