Physical and Applied Sciences, M.S.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at

In addition:

  • The applicant must have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their major;
  • Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in their major may be provisionally admitted to the program.

Program Requirements

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the dean before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.

Programs will be designed to meet individual needs. Students must consult with their advisors for specific requirements. The writing of a thesis is optional in all areas of emphasis except Geology.

If the thesis option is chosen, a minimum of 32 hours is required, including not more than 6 hours for the thesis. Without the thesis, 36 hours are required.

Note: These are general guidelines. Individual departments may have their own requirements.

Minimum Requirements32-36
Area of Emphasis (Chemistry, Geobiophysical Modeling, Geology, Mathematics, Physics for Teachers)12-18
Minor area (Chemistry, Geobiophysical Modeling, Geology, Mathematics, Physics for Teachers6