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B.S. Geology

The BS in Geology is considered the preparatory degree in the field of geology. Graduates will be prepared for careers in the energy and environmental industries, and for advanced study at top-ranked graduate programs. The first two years of the BS program in Geology provide students with the basics of geology and geophysics and the allied fields of chemistry, physics and mathematics. The junior and senior years involve more advanced study in the field of geology and the opportunity to concentrate study in specific disciplines through the selection of technical and geology electives. GEOL 300, during the summer following the junior year, serves as a capstone course in which students apply their geologic knowledge to solving real problems and collecting data during a six-week field season. Students are also encouraged to become involved in research problems with faculty members and can receive course credit for this activity through research hours (GEOL 291 and GEOL 491).

The BS is the appropriate degree for students intending to pursue graduate study in geology. Students desiring employment in industry are encouraged to pursue an MS degree. Students planning a research or university teaching career should pursue a PhD degree.  Particular selections of elective can be used to refine the degree.

The BS is the appropriate degree for students intending to pursue graduate study in geology. Students desiring employment in industry are encouraged to pursue an MS degree. Students planning a research or university teaching career should pursue a PhD degree.  Particular selections of elective can be used to refine the degree.

Some of society’s most pressing problems, including groundwater contamination and remediation, water resources, and geologic hazards such as landslides, flooding and subsidence are addressed in the field of environmental geology. Environmental geologists typically find careers with environmental and engineering consulting companies and other industrial corporations, governmental agencies or academia. Students are well-prepared for the Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology exam, which is required for appointment as a Professional Geologist in the State of Texas.  Specific classes recommended for the geology and technical electives include CVEN 365GEOG 331GEOG 390GEOL 410GEOL 420GEOL 440GEOS 410 and approved classes in other departments including Soil Science, Chemistry, Physics and Civil Engineering.

Many geologists go on to employment in the field of petroleum exploration and extraction.  Some of the required geology classes prepare students for this field. Additional recommended classes include GEOL 400GEOL 404PETE 311PETE 321PETE 324 and PETE 402. Qualified students (GPR of 3.0 or higher with dean’s permission) may also take related graduate courses during the senior year. Such classes include GEOL 619GEOL 622GEOL 623GEOL 624GEOL 668, and GEOP 629. These classes prepare students for graduate study, as well as provide training for those who may be interested in service jobs in the oil and gas industry between their undergraduate and graduate education.

Students must pass two Writing Intensive courses within their major. This requirement is described on page 24of this catalog. GEOL 311 and any geology or geophysics class with a 9xx section number meet the requirement. To remain in satisfactory academic standing, students must maintain a 2.0 or better GPR in all technical courses (geology, geophysics, chemistry, math and physics). Some courses in geophysics require field trips. Students must pay expenses incurred on such trips.

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