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College of Science & Engineering

Department of Geological Sciences

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Geology  (BA and BS)

Students planning to pursue technical jobs or qualify for graduate work in geology are strongly advised to satisfy the requirements for the BS degree. Some geology courses required for the BS degree require off-road field trips, particularly GEOL 40516, which requires a high degree of physical fitness and mobility.

The BA degree with a major in geology is devised primarily for the student seeking a curriculum combining geology with another field of study.

Courses and Requirements


Earth Systems Science

The major in Earth systems science is available as a BS degree. The degree combines geology, environmental science and geospatial technology. Students completing it will analyze, manage and map earth resources, water and groundwater resources, soils and sediment, pollution/contaminants and conservation efforts with an understanding of today’s environmental regulations. Students completing this degree will have the potential to pursue their Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT) license for the state of Texas and select from four different geoscience certificate options.

Courses and Requirements


Geology Minor

The minor in geology requires a total of 18 semester hours in geology of which 9 semester hours must be at the 30000 level or above. No grade lower than C- may be applied to the minor.


Energy Minor

Courses and Requirements