An Approved Graduate Plan must be filed with the graduate coordinator before enrolling in the Supervised Graduate Study course (CHEM or GEOL 695, PSM Option) or the Graduate Research course (GEOL 696, Geology Option). This is also required for advancement to candidacy for the M.S. degree. The student must first be classified in order for the plan to be approved, which means all of the admission requirements have been met, and any other conditions that may have been specified if admitted as conditional classified. The Approved Graduate Plan must be filed, by the Graduate Coordinator, with the Office of the Registrar in order for a Graduation Check to be completed. The Approved Graduate Plan is signed by the coordinator and the student's committee, which consists of a chair and two additional faculty members. The student works most closely with his or her committee chair. The Approved Graduate Plan is to be accompanied by a Thesis or Project Proposal, describing the work the student plans to do for their Thesis or Project.
The terminal course for the PSM option is CHEM 696, CHEM 699 or GEOL 699, depending on the students specific Plan. Before or during the quarter of completion, the Thesis or Project is sent to the Graduate Studies office for approval. If extra time is required to complete the Thesis or Project beyond the quarter in which other courses are taken, the student must enroll in CHEM/GEOL 698 (Continuous Graduate Enrollment).