For complete information about graduate education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, consult the SIUC Graduate School Graduate Catalog.
The Department of Geology offers graduate programs in the following areas:
Master of Science (Thesis Option)
Master of Arts (Non-Thesis Option)
Graduate Certificate in Earth Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Resources & Policy (an interdisciplinary program)
The objectives of the graduate degree programs are to develop the student's competence in the basic fields of geology and to provide for specialization dependent on student and faculty interest.
Faculty and facilities are available to support thesis and dissertation research in the following sub-disciplines:
Applied seismology and potential-field geophysics
Ore deposits and economic geology
Coal and energy resource geology
Sedimentology and stratigraphy
Paleontology, micropaleontology, and paleoecology
If your interests do not fit into one of the above sub-disciplines, an advisor can help you design a unique study and research program. Interdisciplinary research with faculty in other departments is also encouraged.
Southern Illinois and adjacent areas offer a wide variety of geological conditions ideal for individual study and research. Opportunities also exist for graduate student research in other areas of the United States and overseas.
The Department of Geology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale strives to develop a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.