Course Terms

Year 1

Fall, Spring, & Summer
Concentrate on course work. Try to complete required courses as they are offered so your graduation won't be delayed if you are unable to take them later.

Year 2

Fall Semester
Students should enroll in GR 8553-Research Methods either Fall or Spring of their second year (but before the final summer). In this class, you will develop a research proposal. This proposal should be on a topic in which you are interested in researching and the research should be able to be completed within a few months. The research project you propose during this semester will be conducted and completed prior to your attending the capstone field course or workshop.

We will assign each student a Geoscience faculty member as your research project advisor. During your second fall semester, we will also conduct an interest survey to determine which summer field courses to offer. If you plan to take GR 8410 Field Methods Seminar, watch for and submit this survey. You will actually sign up for field courses at a later date.

Spring Semester
Take Research Methods or continue working on the research project. You should collect and properly organize all data for your project by June.

Watch for information regarding comps, the summer capstone workshop for GR 8573 Research in Applied Meteorology and field course sign-up. This information will typically come out in February.

If you are graduating in the summer semester, submit the Pre-Audit Form for Graduation.

Important Notes for Students Taking Only 1 Course per Semester:

You will need to complete GR 8553 Research Methods in Geosciences before beginning your research project. You should take it either the fall or spring before you plan to complete the capstone.

GR 8573 Research in Applied Meteorology or GR 8410 Field Methods Seminar should be taken during your final summer semester.