Earth Science

The geosciences (geology and earth science) curriculum is intended to enable students to achieve success as skilled professionals in the geosciences. With a Bachelor of Science degree in geology or Earth science successful graduates may find employment in the energy and other resource industries, in Earth system sciences (environmental, atmospheric and oceanographic sciences), in government agencies, and in K-12 teaching.  Space science courses can augment this degree.  See more information on space science...

Bachelor of Science – Earth Science

Advisors: Westgate, Owen

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science -120 hrs
Minor in Earth Science - 21 hrs

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science will be awarded upon completion of the following requirements:

  1. General Requirements: Core curriculum, 42 semester hours
  2. Other Sciences and Mathematics Requirements: 24 semester hours. CHEM 2411;CHEM 1406,  PHYS 1407, PHYS 1411; BIOL 1406, 1407
  3. Geology Requirements: 32 semester hours
    GEOL 1403/1404 (labs) – 2 semester hours
    GEOL 2471 – 4 semester hours
    GEOL 2377 and GEOL 4101 – 4 semester hours
    GEOL 3101 Lab Assistant – 1 semester hour
    GEOL 4101-Lab instructor - 1 semester hour
    GEOL 3390 - 3 semester hours
    GEOL 4360, GEOL 4370, GEOL 4380 and GEOL 4101 (Lab), GEOL 4390 - 13 semester hours
    GEOL 3000/4000 - 4 elective hours
  4. Optional electives if seeking Teacher Certification in Secondary School Science - 30 semester hours
  5. Free electives if not seeking Teacher Certification – 22 semester hours. Electives must be selected from 3000-4000 level.

Total: 120 semester hours

Teacher Certification

Students wishing to teach earth science in Texas public schools should consult with the department chair for detailed information.

Recommended Program of Study

The following is a recommended program of study for completion of the degree plan in the minimum semester hours with the specified option. Additional requirements may be required for specialized areas, i.e. certain minor requirements, preparation for graduate school, certifications, or licensures. Please see a program advisor or the department chair for details.

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

GEOL 1403

4

GEOL 1404

4

CHEM 1406

4

CHEM 1407

4

MATH 1314

3

PSYC 2317

3

ENGL 1301

3

ENGL 1302

3

Total Hours

14

Total Hours

14

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

GEOL 2471

4

CHEM 2411

4

GEOL 2377

3

GEOL 3390

3

GEOL 4101

1

PHYS 1407

4

PHYS 1406

4

CULTURE/LANGUAGE/PHILOSOPHY

3

COMM 1315

3

Total Hours

15

Total Hours

14

Third Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

GEOL 4380

3

GEOL 4370

3

GEOL 4101 (LAB)

1

BIOL 1407

4

POLS 2301

3

POLS 2302

3

BIOL 1406

4

HIST 1302

3

HIST 1301

3

COMM 1375

3

Total Hours

14

Total Hours

16

Summer

GEOL 4360

3

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

GEOL 3101

1

GEOL 4101

1

SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL

3

GEOL 4390

3

ADV. ELECTIVES

11

ADV. ELECTIVES

11

Total Hours

15

Total Hours

15

Total

120


Minor in Earth Science

The program require 21 hours, a minimum of nine of which must be in upper-division courses.

Minor in Earth Science (21 credit hours required, no grade less than “C”) Required lower division courses (12 hours): GEOL 1403 Physical Geology, GEOL 1404 Historical Geology, GEOL 2471 Mineralogy-Petrology. Upper division courses (9 hours): GEOL 3410 Statistics and Data Processing, GEOL 2377 Physical Geology & Geomorphology Lab (GEOL 4101), GEOL 3390 Environmental Geography and Geology, GEOL 3420 Structural Geology, GEOL 3450 Petrology, GEOL 4301 Dinosaurs, GEOL 4360 Field Geology in Texas, GEOL 4370 Meteorology, GEOL 4371 Economic Resources with Lab (GEOL 4101), GEOL 4380 Oceanography with Lab (GEOL 4101), GEOL 4390 Rocks and Stars, GEOL 4410 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, GEOL 4420 Paleontology, GEOL 4101 Applied Geoscience Seminar