Important Information for Undergraduate Students

In order to increase the likelihood of academic success and timely graduation, the following apply to all Geosciences majors:

  • Meet with your Geosciences advisor (Dr. Irina Novozhilova, DSB 120) and your Geosciences faculty mentor prior to your assigned registration time for each upcoming semester! This especially applies to new majors. If you need a Geosciences faculty mentor or do not know who your Geosciences faculty mentor is, see Karen Wolfe in DSB 241.

  • Check the Forms and Schedules Page for updated Upper Division Forms, a Schedule of Classes by Semester, Course Prerequisites, etc.

  • When planning your courses, make sure you complete the required prerequisites before the semesters in which you plan to take the courses. Prerequisites for specific courses can be found by looking at the List of Geoscience Course Prerequisites document.

  • After completing 60 semester hours of all college-level course work, file the appropriate Upper Division Form and Intent to Graduation Form with the dean's office. Any geosciences major who has completed more than 60 semester hours and not filed an Upper Division Form will have a hold placed on his/her registration account. (Note: This rule also applies to transfer students.)

  • If planning to apply to graduate school, take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) during Fall Semester of your senior year and have all letters of recommendation materials (both paper and electronic) to your faculty references prior to the end of Fall Semester exams. Due to the ongoing pandemic, MTSU is not currently requiring the GRE for admission.

  • If applying for jobs or internships, inform your faculty references of the companies to which you are applying. Make sure that you include the correct faculty contact information.

  • All students should frequently check their MTSU email address accounts for messages from Geosciences faculty and staff, or from other MTSU departments. The Department of Geosciences does not have access to non-MTSU student email addresses. FERPA and MTSU policies state that faculty may only communicate with students regarding academic matters using the MTSU designated student accounts.

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Faculty Spotlight

 Mt. Hood

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Dr. Warner Cribb’s research focuses on the geologic history of the solid Earth, with particular emphasis on the growth of continental crust in volcanic mountain belts. Most of Dr. Cribb’s students research the formation and chemical evolution of magmas that form volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington. Their research goal is to improve the understanding of how molten rock beneath volcanoes forms, and how the chemical and physical properties of the molten rock change as it travels through Earth’s crust towards the surface.

Student research involves conducting fieldwork in the spectacular Cascade Range to collect rock samples at volcanoes, and then conducting geochemical and mineralogical analyses of the samples in labs at MTSU. Dr. Cribb’s students learn useful skills through their research, such as how to conduct geologic sample collection, how to geochemically analyze rock and mineral samples, and how to interpret and model geochemical data.

Most of Dr. Cribb’s students present their research results at national scientific conferences. Many of his students have been awarded full graduate assistantships and fellowships to attend some of the best geology graduate research programs in the country, such as at Notre Dame University, Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, The University of Oklahoma, and the University of Utah. After earning their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, these students find employment in a range of geoscience employment sectors, such as mining, oil and gas exploration, advanced materials research, environmental consulting, and education.