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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology provides opportunities to prepare for careers in fields such as earth science education, law, insurance, financial services, energy business, and environmental management. It is not recommended for students planning to pursue careers as professional geologists or graduate studies in geology or related fields.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

The core requirements in Mathematics and Natural Sciences are automatically fulfilled in obtaining a B.A. degree in Geology.

Degree Requirements

  1. 43 semester credit hours of geology courses completed with a grade of “C-” or better:

    1. 27 semester credit hours of required courses:

      GEO  1103, 1111  Introduction to Earth Systems and Laboratory
      GEO  1123, 1131  Earth History and Laboratory
      GEO  2003, 2011  Mineralogy and Laboratory
      GEO  2113           Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
      GEO  3043, 3051  Petrology and Laboratory
      GEO  3063, 3071  Paleontology and Laboratory
      GEO  3123, 3131  Sedimentation and Stratigraphy and Laboratory

    2. 16 semester credit hours at the upper-division level selected from among the remaining GEO course offerings. Students should meet with the College of Sciences Advising Center and/or a member of the Department of Geological Sciences to verify that they have taken the necessary prerequisites.
  2. 20 semester credit hours in the College of Sciences:

    CHE  1103, 1121  General Chemistry I and Laboratory

    CHE  1113, 1131  General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    or
    GEO  3374 Geochemistry

    MAT  1214           Calculus I
    PHY  1603, 1611  Algebra-based Physics I and Laboratory
    PHY  1623, 1631  Algebra-based Physics II and Laboratory

  3. 24 semester credit hours of electives to meet the 120 semester credit hour degree minimum, of which a minimum of 7 to 11 must be at the upper-division level to meet the UTSA minimum of 39 upper-division hours.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Geology

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Geology degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Sciences Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Geology - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

FIRST YEAR
Fall Spring
CHE 1103/1121* (core and major) 3/1 GEO 1123/1131 3/1
GEO 1103/1111 (core and major) 3/1 WRC 1023 (core) 3
MAT 1214 (core and major) 4  Free elective 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 Social & Behavioral Science core 3
    Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 16
SECOND YEAR
Fall Spring
CHE 1113/1131* or GEO 3374** 3/1 GEO 2113 3
CS 1073† or Free elective 3 GEO 3043/3051 3/1
GEO 2003/2011 3/1 PHY 1603/1611  3/1
Free elective  3 Free elective 3
Total semester hours 14 Total semester hours 14
THIRD YEAR
Fall Spring
GEO 3123/3131 3/1 GEO 3063/3071 3/1
PHY 1623/1631 3/1 POL 1013 (core) 3
Literature core 3 Upper-division GEO elective 3
Upper-division GEO elective 3 Upper-division GEO elective 3
    World Society & Issues core 3
Total semester hours 14 Total semester hours 16
FOURTH YEAR
Fall Spring
Free elective 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Free elective 3 Economics core 3
Upper-division Free elective 3 Upper-division Free elective 3
Upper-division GEO elective 3 Upper-division GEO elective 3
U.S. History & Diversity core 3 Upper-division GEO elective (3XX1) 1
    U.S. History & Diversity core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 16

* These laboratory courses include a lecture component as indicated on the University Schedule of Classes.

** Offered Fall semesters only.

† CS 1073 is a prerequisite for GEO 2113 and can be used as a free elective.

Note: Some courses are only offered once a year; fall or spring. Check with the Department of Geological Sciences for scheduling of courses.

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