Minor & Specializations

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The Department of Geology and Geophysics offers minors in three separate programs: Geology, Geophysics, and Earth Science. The Department of Geology and Geophysics and the Department of Geography together administer the minor in Geoinformatics. Minors provide opportunities for broadening a student's background and tailoring the curriculum to specific career goals. For example, a minor in Geology or Geophysics may be especially beneficial to students majoring in fields that deal directly or indirectly with geological processes. These include agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, business, law, biology, chemistry, recreation and parks, just to name a few.

The general requirements for a minor in these programs are as follows:

  • a minimum of 15 credits in the discipline with at least 6 credits at the 300-400 level,
  • a minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at either TAMU in College Station or TAMU at Galveston,
  • students must meet with the department's advisor for minor programs for approval of courses selected (any substitutions must be approved by the department head),
  • a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved for all courses in the minor.


Petroleum Geology Track

The Petroleum Geology Track is intended to prepare an undergraduate student for graduate study in this discipline, as well as provide training for the students who may be interested in service jobs in the oil and gas industry between their undergraduate and graduate careers. Many of the geology undergraduate classes prepare students for this track (GEOL 400 Reservoir Description, GEOL 404 Geology of Petroleum). In addition, students may select technical electives in petroleum engineering and other disciplines.

Specific classes recommended include GEOL 400 Reservoir Description, GEOL 404 Geology of Petroleum, PETE 311 Reservoir Petrophysics, PETE 321 Formation Evaluation, PETE 324 Well Performance. Qualified students may also take related graduate courses during the senior year. Such classes include GEOL 619 Petroleum Geology, GEOL 622 Stratigraphy, GEOL 623 Carbonate Rocks, GEOL 624 Carbonate Reservoirs, GEOL 668 Clastic Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology, and GEOP 629 Seismic Interpretation.


Environmental Geology Track

The Environmental Geology Track is a recommended group of electives that provides training for geology students to work on some of society's most pressing problems including groundwater contamination and remediation, nonpoint-source pollution, water resources, and geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, flooding, volcanism, and surface deformation. The Geology curriculum with an emphasis on environmental geology is designed to provide a strong foundation in geology coupled with specialized training in environmental and engineering topics. Students completing this track receive a B.S. degree in Geology from the Department of Geology and Geophysics and are prepared to go on to graduate school for an advanced geoscience degree. Typical careers for environmental geoscientists include careers with environmental and engineering consulting companies and other industrial corporations, governmental agencies or academics.

Specific classes recommended for the geology and technical electives include GEOL 410 Hydrogeology, GEOL 420 Environmental Geology, GEOL 440 Engineering Geology, GEOG 431 Geomorphology, GEOS 410 Global Change, GEOG 390 Principles of GIS, CVEN 365 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering; or approved classes in other departments including Soil Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Civil Engineering.

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