Geology Bachelor of Science/Masters of Science Program

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The B.S./M.S. program combines the undergraduate B.S. program with the M.S. program in geology, leading to the award of an Indiana University bachelor’s and master’s degree with completion of the M.S. thesis. The departmental graduate advisory committee administers the B.S./M.S. program. This program provides well-qualified students with the opportunity for an accelerated program in earth sciences research and instruction. 

The BS/MS program blends the undergraduate BS program with the MS program in Geology, leading to joint award of BS and MS degrees upon completion of the MS thesis. Students will apply to the Earth Sciences graduate program in early spring of the junior year of the undergraduate program. Upon acceptance into the program, the student will prepare an MS research and course plan in consultation with a BS/MS academic advisor, or will elect to complete a non-thesis (coursework) MS degree. Research reading and data collection begins in the summer prior to the senior year of undergraduate study, and will be completed in the following summer. The fifth year of study is devoted to graduate course work and completion of the MS thesis research, or MS non-thesis coursework.

Admissions

Prospective students should have completed three years of an undergraduate degree program in geology, with a minimum B (3.0 GPA) average. Interested students should meet wth the undergraduate academic advisor to discuss their intent to complete the BSMS degree, and to complete an internal application to the degree program.

Degree Requirements & Course of Study

The BSMS curriculum includes the core undergraduate courses that are currently required for the BS in Geology, and all the graduate courses that are currently required for the MS in Geology. The total credit hours for this integrated degree program will be 138 credit hours for a thesis MS, and 147 credit hours for a non-thesis MS. Research reading and data collection begins in the summer prior to the senior year of undergraduate study, and will be completed in the following summer. The fifth year of study is devoted to graduate course work and completion of the M.S. thesis.

The link below includes a degree checksheet and a sample degree map illustrating a semester-by-semester plan of study. A separate degree map is included for a thesis MS and a non-thesis MS, with overlapping course credit indicated.

BSMS Geology Degree CheckSheet and Plan of Study

Undergraduate students admitted to the program will be assigned a three person provisional advisory committee at the completion of the third year or 90 credits of undergraduate work. The provisional committee will prescribe an academic program of study for the MS program and assist the student in developing a research plan, in consultation with the principal research advisor. A B (3.0 GPA) average must be maintained in the fourth year of study to continue in the BSMS program.

At the beginning of the student’s fourth year or 90 credits of undergraduate work, the student will submit an official graduate school application, statement of interests and career plans, official GRE scores, and letters of recommendation to the graduate committee of the Department of Earth Sciences. Following admission, all rules and regulations of the Indiana University MS program in Geology at IUPUI will be applicable to completion of the student’s research thesis and program of study. Interested students should meet wth the undergraduate academic advisor to discuss their intent to complete the BSMS degree, and to complete an internal application to the degree program.