Bachelor of Science, Major in Geology (Geoscience)

Bachelor of Science, Major in Geology (Geoscience)
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
CHEM 1411
CHEM 1412
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II 1
Select two of the following or more advanced courses:6-8
Pre Calculus Algebra 2
Plane Trigonometry 2
Elementary Functions 2
Calculus I 2
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
and General Physics Laboratory I
and Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag
and General Physics Laboratory II 3
Major Core
GEOL 1403Physical Geology4
or GEOL 1405 Geologic Hazards & Resources
GEOL 1404
GEOL 3301
Historical Geology
and Field Methods
GEOL 3404
GEOL 3405
and Petrology
GEOL 4400
GEOL 4402
Stratigraphy & Sedimentation
and Structural Geology
GEOL 4413
GEOL 4304
Methods in Applied Geophysics
and Geochemistry
Advanced Geology electives15
Minor (if required)
Advanced courses in accepted minor6
Courses in accepted minor12
Total Hours120-122

Note: A minor in geography, science, or mathematics is strongly recommended.

First Year
ENGL 130113CHEM 141134GEOL 33013
GEOL 1403 or 14054ENGL 130213 
KINE 211521GEOL 14044 
MATH 1314 or 141023-4MATH 1420 or 131623-4 
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101 (or PHYS 1411)
 15-16 14-15 3
Second Year
CHEM 141234GEOL 34054 
GEOL 34044Minor Course3 
Minor Course3PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102 (or PHYS 1422)
POLS 230543POLS 230643 
 14 14 
Third Year
Component Area IV3Component Area V3 
GEOL 44004GEOL 44024 
GEOL Advanced Elective3GEOL Advanced Elective3 
HIST 130153HIST 130253 
Minor Course3Minor Course3 
 16 16 
Fourth Year
Component Area VIII3Component Area IX3 
GEOL 43043GEOL 44134 
GEOL Advanced Elective3GEOL Advanced Elective3 
GEOL Advanced elective3Minor Course3 
Minor Course3  
 15 13 
Total Hours: 120-122

Note: A minor in geography, science, or mathematics is strongly recommended

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Geology (Geoscience) is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Skills in observation, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Ability to prepare, process, and present data.
  • Ability to handle information in a range of different mediums, e.g. textual, numerical, oral, graphical.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Problem-solving skills and lateral thinking.
  • Self-motivation and resilience.
  • Team-working skills and the ability to work on your own initiative.