The Department of Geology Graduate student Handbook

and the graduate college handbook of policy and requirements 

The Geology Graduate Student Handbook (see links below) describes the rules and practices specific to the department's graduate program.  In it you will find the Department's philosophy of graduate education, program rules, and other information on how to successfully complete your degree. 

The Grad College Handbook:
The Graduate College Handbook of Policy and Requirements for Students give the rules for ALL graduate students at UIUC:
http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook
This gives campus-wide information and rules (e.g., Doctoral Committees and Examinations, and Time Limits).  It is more general, whereas the Department of Geology Graduate Handbook provides information specific to the Geology program.  You will consult both of these handbooks during your time here.  If a conflict between the two sets of rules occurs, the Graduate College rules usually apply.

Department Policy Changes
If major changes in Department requirements occur, usually students may choose to fulfill either the requirements in effect when they began graduate study, or the new requirements. 

Current version of the Geology Graduate Student Handbook:

Geology Graduate Student Handbook (February, 2018)  

 Outdated versions:

Geology Graduate Student Handbook (August 2017)

Geology Graduate Student Handbook (August, 2016)

Geology Graduate Student Handbook (February, 2015)