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Graduate Student Progress Checklist Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering


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Graduate Student Progress Checklist

Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering

Student: Minor Degree Program:

Advisor(s): Semester of Admittance:

1. Official formation of thesis committee, including selection of advisor. Thesis Committee must be declared by the end of the second semester’s attendance and requirements appear in the Graduate Bulletin. Request form is downloadable from the Graduate School website. The official form must be submitted to the Department for approvals before the Department submits it to the Graduate School.

Date filed with the Department:

2. At least one formal meeting of the student and thesis committee each semester. Minutes should be taken and submitted by your Thesis Advisor or Committee Chair for Department files.

Meeting dates:

3. Course Requirements.

Background Recommendations/Deficiencies. The student and advisor should plan coursework using the list of background “deficiencies” completed by the GAC. The advisor must list the courses the student will take to address the deficiencies identified. Those resolved in a way other than taking recommended courses must be justified by the thesis committee. If GPGN486 is a background requirement then that course MUST be completed during the student’s first year of his/her program.

Transfer Credit. The thesis committee may allow transferring up to 24 hours of credit for individual graduate-level courses at another institution, or up to 36 credits for a thesis-based MS degree from either CSM or another institution. Students must supply the committee with written documentation describing these courses or work experiences for which they wish to receive credit.

Minor Program Credit. All PhD students are required to take at least 12 course credits toward their minor program. Minor courses may include cross-referenced courses, or courses outside the minor department. Minor course credit will count toward your total 72 credits. Your thesis committee, which includes a minor representative, must approve all courses.

400-Level Courses. There is a 9-credit maximum for 400-level courses allowed toward your degree. Any 400-level courses taken specifically to satisfy deficiencies do not count toward the degree.


Transfer Credits: The committee may allow transferring up to 24 hours of credit for individual graduate-level courses or up to 36 general credits for thesis-based MS degree from another institution.

Transfer Description Course/Requirement Fulfilled Credits Awarded

Minor Program Credits: 12 credit hours must be completed to satisfy the minor program.

Course Semester Completed Credits Awarded

400-Level Courses: No more than 9 credits may be used to fulfill GP course requirements. These courses may not be used to satisfy deficiencies.

Course Semester Completed Requirement Fulfilled Credits Awarded

Required Courses: For students in the Geophysics PhD program

Heiland (GPGN681) (Register in first semester of program and grade will show “PRG” with satisfactory attendance and completion of the individual requirement.)

Introduction to Research Ethics (SYGN502) (All PhD students beginning Spring 2013, and all NSF funded students)

Professional Oral Communication (LICM501)

Required two of three (SYGN501, SYGN600, or SYGN601) and

GPGN707 (24+ credits)


Graduate (500- and 600-level) courses taken at CSM: These include the individual required courses from the previous page and any graduate level courses from CSM to satisfy the minor program.

Course Semester Completed Requirement Fulfilled Credits Awarded

Total Course Credits Approved:

NOTE: Total must be 72 credit hours or more beyond B.S. degree, including at least 24 research credits, 12 credits in a minor program of study, up to 9 credits of approved 400-level coursework, and approved transfer credits. Indicate courses for minor program under the “Requirement Fulfilled” spaces. Cross-referenced courses count toward minor program credit.

Engineering Courses: Students requesting the PhD in Geophysical Engineering must either have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering, or complete 16 credits of engineering coursework. These courses may be taken at CSM or be transferred into the CSM program beyond the 24 credit limit indicated above. All courses applied to the Engineering component of the Geophysics Engineering degree and the thesis topic must be approved by the Geophysics faculty at large prior to the awarding of this degree.

Course Semester Completed Credits Awarded

4. Graduate Teaching Experience: Students must participate in teaching a course at CSM. This must be at least a two-week experience and include:

 Developing and presenting instructional materials of lectures,

 Developing and teaching the laboratory exercises if the course has a lab component,

 Evaluating students’ homework and laboratory reports, and

 Holding office hours if necessary.


Semester, course, and faculty mentor: _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________

Date requirement fulfillment documented with Department: ________________________

5. Foreign language requirement: The Department of Geophysics at CSM requires that requires all of its PhD candidates satisfy a foreign language requirement. Typically this is satisfied through 2 years of foreign language in high school, through 1 year of college-level foreign language coursework, or by speaking more than one language fluently. Documentation for this requirement is usually a copy of transcript, or endorsement from the GAC that the student is fluent in a second language.

How was your foreign language requirement satisfied?

6. PhD Comprehensive Examination #1: Students must pass two qualifying exams during their first four semesters in the PhD program, as required by the School. For the first exam, GP students must complete, present, and defend an original research-based project approved by their committee. The project should result in a report suitable for conversion into a paper publishable in a peer-reviewed journal.

First Project, TITLE:

First Project successfully completed and presented, DATE:

First Project submitted to peer-reviewed journal, JOURNAL NAME AND DATE OF SUBMISSION:


GPGN681 Individual Oral Presentation:

Name of Professional Meeting:

Date of Presentation:




Comps: Students must pass two qualifying exams during their first four semesters in the

PhD program. This deadline is a Colorado School of Mines requirement; the Department has

the authority to grant short extensions on a case-by-case basis. For the 1


Comps, GP

students must complete, present, and defend an original research-based project approved by

their committee. The project shall result in a report suitable for conversion into a paper

publishable in a peer-reviewed journal. See guidelines for the PhD Qualifying Process on

page 59, and on the Geophysics website.



Comps, TITLE:



Comps successfully completed and presented, DATE:

Paper submitted for publication (DATE / JOURNAL):





Comps: The 2


Comps must be completed by the fourth semester in the PhD program and is

a presentation and defense of the student’s thesis proposal. NOTE: the 2


Comps cannot be

scheduled by the Department until your 1


Comps paper has been submitted to the peer-reviewed

journal. The student must successfully submit, present, and defend their proposed research for

their final PhD thesis. The content of the thesis proposal is determined by the student and his/her

thesis committee. However, in general, the proposal should address the following items:

 Scientific background

 Indication of the purpose for and type of research to be performed

 Specific research targets

 Estimated target date for completion






Comps, successfully completed and presented, DATE:

Scope and topic of thesis agreed upon:


Admission to Candidacy Form submitted and approved:


Degree Audit Form submitted and approved:


Thesis completed presented, and defended:


Thesis corrections completed:


Graduation Application submitted to the Grad School:


Checkout paperwork submitted to the Grad School:


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