Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Geosciences
College of Science
Derring Hall contains offices, classrooms, and laboratory space for many of the science programs at Virginia Tech, such as biological sciences and geological sciences. The Museum of Geosciences is also located in the building. Construction began in 1967 and was completed in 1969. Named after Paul Neyron Derring (1894-1973) who was Secretary of the YMCA from 1918 to 1957 and Director of Religious Affairs from 1957 to 1964.
926 West Campus Drive, Mail Code:0420 Blacksburg VA 24061
Derring Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Geosciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Geosciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-8824
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jan 05
Spring: Oct 01
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Department Head : Steven Holbrook
Graduate Program Director : James Spotila
Emeriti Faculty: Gerald Gibbs; Michael Hochella; James Read; Akhaury Sinha; J Snoke
Professors: Robert Bodnar; Thomas Burbey; Patricia Dove; Kenneth Eriksson; Steven Holbrook; John Hole; Scott King; Richard Law; Nancy Ross; Madeline Schreiber; James Spotila; Robert Weiss; Shuhai Xiao
Associate Professors: Mark Caddick; Benjamin Gill; Frederick Michel; Brian Romans; Ying Zhou
Assistant Professors: Megan Duncan; Cristina Dura; Sterling Nesbitt; Ryan Pollyea; D Stamps; Michelle Stocker
Adjunct Professors: Ross Angel; James Beard; Isabelle Cozzarelli; Benedetto De Vivo; Besim Dragovic; Nicholas Fraser; William Henika; Michal Kowalewski; Philip Prince; James Schiffbauer; Esther Schwarzenbach; Chester Watts
University Distinguished Professor: Robert Bodnar; Patricia Dove; Gerald Gibbs; Michael Hochella
Collegiate Associate Professors: John Chermak
Research Professors: Martin Chapman; Robert Lowell
Advanced Instructors: Neil Johnson
Research Scientists: Luca Fedele

Geosciences Introduction

Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences focuses on research, education and outreach dealing with the nature of the earth. We offer the MS and PhD degree programs at the Blacksburg campus. Our students and faculty investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs.

More details about the department, faculty, and research programs can be found at http://www.geos.vt.edu/. We encourage prospective students to fill out a pre-application survey and to contact individual faculty to explore research opportunities.




Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
    • Paper
      • 600.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 156.0
      • Quantitative : 151.0
      • Analytical : 4.5
  • IELTS
    • General Test
      • 6.5
The M.S. student must pass a minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 20 of which must be taken as coursework, and at least 6 must be research credits. The final exam for the M.S. degree is a defense of the thesis.

Virginia Tech will accept IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher in lieu of the TOEFL.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 156.0
      • Quantitative : 151.0
      • Analytical : 4.5
  • IELTS
    • General Test
      • 6.5
Ph.D. students must pass a minimum of 90 credit hours, at least 30 of which must be taken as coursework, and at least 30 must be research credits. The department does not give a standardized qualifying exam, but Ph.D. students must take a preliminary exam. The Ph.D. advisory committee shall have responsibility for the make-up and administration of the exam. The exam shall include both an oral and a written portion. Regulations that apply for the exam are: (1) the examination must be taken at least six months before the thesis/dissertation defense, and (2) at least 24 hours of coursework and/or research must remain to be taken at the time of the examination, including work for which the student is currently enrolled. It is recommended that the student meet with his/her advisory committee prior to preparing the exam to discuss the nature of the exam and the evaluation process. The final exam for the Ph.D. degree is a defense of the dissertation.

Virginia Tech will accept IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher in lieu of the TOEFL.

Geosciences Facilities Introduction

The Department of Geosciences is currently housed in Derring Hall. (See https://geos.vt.edu/research/Research_Facilities.html for more details on our Derring laboratory and research space.)

Geosciences Research Facilities

Aqueous Geochemistry Laboratory

Biogeochemistry of Earth Processes (BGEP) Laboratory Chemical Hydrogeology Laboratory

Bone Histology and Thin Section Laboratory

Derring Electron Beam Laboratory (Cameca SX50 Electron Microprobe and Camscan Series II SEM)

Exploration Geophysics Field Equipment Laboratory

Extant Comparative Laboratory

Fluids Research Laboratory

Fossil Preparation Laboratory

Fossil Visualization Laboratory

Geochemical Sample Preparation Clean Laboratory

Geophysics Computing Facilities

Geothermal Database

Hydrothermal Synthesis and Experiment Laboratories

Laser-Ablation ICPMS Laboratory

Light Stable Isotope Laboratory Micropaleontology Laboratory

Lithospheric Dynamics and Tectonophysics Laboratory

Nanogeochemistry, Mineral Surface Geochemistry, and Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Optical Microscopy and Digital Photomicrography Laboratory

Physical Hydrogeology Laboratory

Radiogenic Helium Laboratory

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Laboratory

Structural Geology Laboratory

Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory

Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory

X-ray Diffraction Laboratory

X-ray Fluorescence Laboratory

Cameca IMS-7F-GEO Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS) Laboratory (Geosciences Dept. facility housed in the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory in the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, Corporate Research Center)

Cameca SX50 Electron Microprobe (Geosciences Dept. facility housed in the NCFL Laboratory of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, CRC)

ICTAS/NCFL Facility (use available to Geosciences personnel): Dual-Beam FIB, ESEM, EBSD- and EDS-equipped SEMs and multiple TEMs in the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory in the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, CRC (https://www.ncfl.ictas.vt.edu/)


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