The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees each have general and specific requirements. To fulfill these requirements, a wide range of graduate courses is available, loosely organized in a format of introductory interdisciplinary courses, core courses, advanced topics in specialized areas, and multidisciplinary seminars at the convergence of different fields. The structure of the curriculum is currently under review to better meet students' needs through introduction of new courses and opportunities.
The Committee for Graduate Studies undertakes the responsibility for advising students on course choice until the student formally selects a research advisor. Students are encouraged to explore a number of research projects and potential advisors before deciding on their choses field of study.
Introductory Interdisciplinary Courses are based in methodology and offer bridges between major subject areas. Students are recommended to take those courses relevant to their anticipated focus and to better prepare for their research activities.
The fundamental core curriculum in geological sciences is taught on a two-year rotation, with some courses offered annually. It is distributed among six teaching themes representing the essential foundations of the research disciplines in the Department. The commitment to offer these courses in a prescribed sequence enables students to better plan coursework options during their degree programs and to acquire the skills necessary to further their career goals.
Advanced Courses and Multidisciplinary Seminars are taught in specialized areas of sub-disciplines or as graduate seminars where titles, themes, amd content change in response to conceptual or topical developments. Multidisciplinary seminars involve discussions of recently published papers focused on specific research topics at the convergence of different disciplines.