Five Year Programs

Five Year Programs in Earth and Environmental Science:

Five-Year Program: Earth Science with Environmental Geology Option B.S./Geology M.S. Degree Program

The degrees Earth Science with Environmental Geology Option and Geology M.S. are achieved in five years by fulfilling the requirements for a B.S. degree in Earth Science with the Environmental Geology Option in four years and an M.S. degree in Geology the following year. A minimum of 158 credit hours is required to complete both degrees.
Students should apply to the Environmental Geology five‐year program at the end of their sophomore year. Admission is contingent upon the acceptability of a proposed course of study, academic performance, and on the number of vacancies in the program. Students who have upper‐division standing may also be considered, depending upon prior course work.
Once admitted to the program, every undergraduate student will work with a research group. Required courses include ERTH 405 or Geol 503, ERTH 409 or Geol 509, ERTH 491 or 492 (one credit hour per semester for three semesters), Geol 592 ( 2 credit hours), ERTH 325, ERTH 440, Chem 311, Chem 333 and Chem 422 Recommended courses include, ERTH 441, ERTH 442 and ERTH 443.
Students in the Environmental Geology five‐year program must apply for graduate standing, normally in their seventh semester. Graduate admission will be contingent upon adherence to the approved program of studies, a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average, and a 3.0 earned grade point average in mathematics, science, and engineering courses. Graduate status will be granted upon fulfillment of the requirements for the B.S. degree.

Five-Year Program: Science or Engineering B.S./Hydrology M.S. Degree

The five‐year B.S./Hydrology M.S. degrees are achieved by fulfilling the separate requirements of both an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering field and a graduate degree in hydrology in a five‐year period. A minimum of 158 total credit hours is required to complete both degrees.
Students should apply to the program at the end of their sophomore year. Admission is contingent upon the acceptability of a proposed course of study, academic performance, and on the number of vacancies in the program. Students having upper‐division standing may also be considered, depending upon prior course work.
Once admitted to the program, every undergraduate student will work with a research group. Required courses include:

  • ERTH 491 (one credit hour per semester for three semesters)
  • ERTH 440
  • HYD 507, 510, 508, 547
  • Six credits from the following: ERTH 441, ERTH 442, ERTH 443, HYD 531, HYD 532, HYD 533, HYD 541, HYD 542, HYD 543, HYD 544
  • HYD 591 (at least six credit hours
  • HYD 592 (two credit hours)
  • ERTH 202 or equivalent
  • MATH 283 or 382 or equivalent
  • Three additional graduate‐level course credits approved by the advisory committe

During the senior year, the student in this program must select a graduate advisory committee and formalize his or her graduate research topic.
Students in the Hydrology five‐year program must normally apply for graduate standing at the end of their seventh semester. Graduate admission will be contingent upon adherence to the approved program of studies, a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and a 3.0 earned grade point average in mathematics, science, and engineering courses. Graduate status will be granted upon fulfillment of the requirements for the B.S. degree.

Additional details, including course descriptions, are in the College Catalog.

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