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The following Guidelines summarize the policies and regulations of the Graduate School and the Graduate Studies Committees of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences of The University of Texas at Arlington. In addition, the Guidelines contain an outline of requirements for completion of the MS degree in Geology, the MS degree in Environmental & Earth Sciences, and the PhD degree in Environmental & Earth Sciences.
It is the responsibility of each graduate student to be familiar with the general regulations of the Graduate School and the specific regulations of the Department of Geology that pertain to graduate education. Information regarding these regulations can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Graduate school deadlines for submitting theses, examination results and applications for graduation are listed in the Graduate School Calendar.
Time Limits, Assistantships, and Office Space.
Courses and grade requirements
Registration in graduate courses MUST be CONTINUOUS from the time of first registration unless a leave of absence is granted. Otherwise the student will be dropped from the Graduate School and will have to reapply to be reinstated.
The research proposal is an outline of a program of research designed to answer one or more specific questions. The purpose of the proposal is to demonstrate to the supervisor and members of the committee that the student has sufficient knowledge and appreciation of the proposed problem and the basic prerequisites to look for answers. In many instances however, it is the pattern of discoveries and other research related events that serve to set the direction of the research, thus the research proposal is not meant as a binding, rigid template for research. Rather, the proposal should be looked upon as a general statement of research design and objectives to be pursued and modified as appropriate.
The Advisory Council for the Environmental and Earth Science Program provides mentoring to graduate students enrolled in the program. Students from other degree programs with environmental interests, such as the Geology MS, are also eligible to apply for mentoring, as are upper division undergraduate students with appropriate interests. The Mentoring Program is a one-year experience, provided by senior environmental professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The mentors provide personal, one-on-one mentoring, and can help students review their goals and aspirations, share information, knowledge and experience, expand students’ network of resource, and provide career advice. The mentors are drawn from a group of experienced professionals in industry, government, and consulting agencies. More information and an application form may be obtained at http://www.uta.edu/ese/mentoring.htm. Questions may be sent to Dr. Jim Grover, Chair of Graduate Studies, EES Program, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dual degree programs allow a student to complete two MS degree programs in related areas. By participating in a dual degree program, students may apply 6-18 total semester credit hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from six to 18, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs. Degree plans, thesis or professional report proposals and programs of work must be approved by Graduate Advisors from both programs. The successful candidate will be awarded both degrees rather than one joint degree.