2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Dec 07, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Spatial and Earth Sciences Ph.D.

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(83 credits minimum)

Choose one from the following:

Departmental Electives (3-6 credits):

Choose from ANTH, ENVI, GEOG, or GEOL graduate courses.

Cognate Courses (6 credits):

A minimum of 6 credits of cognate courses outside the department, chosen in consultation with and approved by the student’s dissertation committee.

Culminating Experience (18 credits):

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Eath Science (9 credits):

A minimum of 9 additional credits of earth science course work (ANTH, ENVI, or GEOL) at the 600-level or above chosen in consultation with and approved by the student’s dissertation committee. 

Geography (9 credits):

A minimum of 9 additional credit hours of course work in geography (GEOG, ENVI) at the 600-level or above chosen in consultation with and approved by the student’s dissertation committee.

Other Requirements:

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies requires students to complete a minimum of 65 graduate credits, exclusive of the dissertation. These credits may include those applied toward a master’s degree.  Thirty of the 65 credits must be completed at Indiana State University.  At least one-half of the credits for the degree must be taken in courses numbered 600 and above.


The student’s dissertation committee will determine courses to be taken within the major and outside the department, as well as additional requirements that may be appropriate.  These requirements may include, but are not limited to, courses to remove any deficiencies.  The dissertation advisor and committee should be selected no later than the end of the first academic year. Demonstration of “research proficiency” is required for all doctoral students prior to being admitted to candidacy.  Students will have met the research proficiency by completing all core courses with a B (3.0) or better. Student must submit an acceptable dissertation proposal, satisfactorily pass oral preliminary examinations, and must demonstrate satisfactory performance on a final oral examination and dissertation defense.  To help ensure teaching proficiency, each candidate must participate in the teaching program of the department for at least two semesters or one semester and a full summer session. 


Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.

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