Bachelor of Science, Major in Geology

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Bachelor of Science, Major in Geology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
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 2
MATH 1420
MATH 1430
Calculus I
and Calculus II 1
or MATH 3379 Statistical Mthods in Practice
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 & Environmental Hazards
GEOL 1404
GEOL 3301
Historical Geology
and Field Methods
GEOL 3404
GEOL 3405
and Petrology
GEOL 4304Geochemistry3
GEOL 4400
GEOL 4402
GEOL 4360
GEOL 4361
Stratigraphy & Sedimentation
and Structural Geology
and Field Geology
and Field Geology
GEOL 4426Hydrogeology3-4
or GEOL 4320 Petroleum Geology
Advanced Geology electives10
Minor (if required)
Courses in accepted minor (advanced)6
Courses in accepted minor12
Total Hours120-122
First Year
CHEM 141114CHEM 141214GEOL 33013
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223 
GEOL 1403 or 14054GEOL 14044 
MATH 142034MATH 1430 or 33793-4 
 15 14-15 3
Second Year
GEOL 34044GEOL 34054 
Minor Course3Minor Course3 
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101 (or PHYS 1411)
4PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102 (or PHYS 1422)
POLS 230543POLS 230643 
 14 14 
Third Year
Component Area IV3Component Area V3 
GEOL 44004GEOL 44024 
HIST 130153HIST 130253 
Minor Course3Minor Course3 
 13 13 
Fourth Year
Component Area VIII3Component Area IX3GEOL 4360
GEOL 4361
GEOL 43043GEOL 4426 or 43203-4 
GEOL Advanced elective3GEOL Advanced elective4 
GEOL Advanced elective3Minor Course (advanced)3 
Minor Course (advanced)3  
 15 13-14 6
Total Hours: 120-122

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 is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Observation, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Prepare, process, and present data.
  • 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.