To obtain the Ph.D. degree in geology, the student must:
Successfully pass a general qualifying examination.
Complete a minimum of three years of graduate academic work (48 credit hours minimum), with at least two years of full-time residence on the SMU campus or at a research facility approved by the departmental faculty and the dean of graduate studies.
Write and make a successful public defense of a dissertation. Additional general requirements for the Ph.D. degree are outlined in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
Satisfy all curricular requirements as specified by the departmental faculty, including: