Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at UPRM
The UPRM Department of Geology offers a program of study leading to the bachelor of science degree in geology. The program combines coursework in areas of classical geoscience with a range of specialized elective classes at the advanced undergraduate level. Senior research and summer field study are required. Students who complete their degree requirements are prepared for careers in industry and government, or for continuing their academic careers as graduate students in the earth and environmental sciences. A complete list of program requirements is provided in the university catalog.
Admission to the UPRM Geology undergraduate program requires a minimum 3.00 IGS for entering freshmen. Current UPR students transferring from other departments or units are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA and interview with director for entry.
Master of Science degree in Geology at UPRM
The aim of the master’s degree program in the Department of Geology is to develop a firm general knowledge of the geosciences and an advanced knowledge of principles and techniques at the forefront of their fields of specialization. Current research interests in the department emphasize geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geobiological problems of the circum-Caribbean region. A wide range of research and computation facilities and equipment are available for pursuing degree programs across the spectrum of the earth and environmental sciences. A complete description of the program requirements is available in the UPRM graduate catalog.
Applicants to the UPRM Geology M.S. degree program must have a B.S. degree in geology (or its equivalent) from an accredited university, have a GPA of 2.80 or higher, and have taken the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The geology GRE is recommended. Students with a GPA in the range 2.50-2.79 may be considered for admission on a probationary status at the discretion of the departmental Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in associated fields of the natural sciences or engineering are eligible for admission to the geology M.S. degree program. Students who do not meet the guidelines outlined above may be considered for admission on a provisional basis, subject to the rules set forth by the UPRM Office of Graduate Studies and the discretion of the department Graduate Admissions Committee.
Funding for students is available in the form of research and teaching assistantships and tuition waivers. At present, nearly all students who require financial aid are supported by the department or external funding sources.