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College
College of Arts and Sciences
Department
Department of Geology

221 McGilvrey Hall
E-mail: geology@kent.edu
Tel: 330-672-2680
Fax: 330-672-7949
Web: http://www.kent.edu/cas/geology
 

Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Geology prepares students for careers in industry and academic institutions where research into the application of geological principles focuses on solution to basic and applied research questions. Focus areas include study of modern environments and society's interactions with that environment and research into paleo-climates, paleo-environments, paleoecology, biological evolution and tectonics.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA, GRE, goal statement and three letters of recommendation. Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.

Graduation Requirements

The courses taken by doctoral students are determined jointly with members of the graduate faculty of the department but in all cases must fulfill certain basic requirements. All students must maintain a 3.000 or greater GPA. Coursework shall be arranged so that it embraces one major area of concentration in applied geology and a minor area related to another aspect of geology. See department website for additional details.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Show in-depth comprehension of several areas including both basic and applied aspects of Geology/Earth Sciences.

2. Demonstrate the ability to formulate testable scientific hypotheses and carry out independent research using appropriate field, experimental, analytical and/or computational methods.

3. Describe, synthesize, and interpret the results of a scientific investigation and understand its broader applications.

Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, a student must first fulfill the additional breadth requirement and must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations. Both of these requirements must be met prior to the start of the fifth semester after admission to the doctoral program. The comprehensive examinations focus on mastery of the student’s major area of concentration and one minor area, as well as the fundamentals of geology and its allied sciences as appropriate to the student’s proposed dissertation topic. Students who fail the comprehensive examinations may be allowed to repeat them once; this must be completed more than one month after the initial examination, but less than six months thereafter.

Residency

All students admitted to the doctoral program must complete two successive semesters of full-time graduate study at Kent State University. During this time they must obtain a minimum of 22 semester credits.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (60-90 credits)
Course Title Credits
GEOL 70080 Research Orientation 1
  70094 College Teaching of Applied Geology 1
Additional Program Requirements 28-58
Dissertation  
GEOL 80199 Dissertation I* 30
   
   
TOTAL FOR STUDENT WITH M.S. 60
  TOTAL FOR STUDENT WITH B.S. 90

 
*Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for GEOL 80199 Dissertation I for a total of 30 hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter GEOL 80299 Dissertation II, each semester, including one term each summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.