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Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology provides opportunities to prepare for careers in the geosciences (for example, earth resources exploration and development, water resources, environmental assessment and remediation, engineering geology, geochemistry, and geophysics) and for successful studies in graduate school. The program of study focuses on fundamentals and learning skills used by geologists in their professional careers.

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 major and support work courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

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 Science 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 Life and Physical Sciences are automatically fulfilled in obtaining a B.S. degree in Geology.

Degree Requirements

  1. 60 semester credit hours in geology:

    1. 39 semester credit hours of required courses:

      GEO  1103, 1111   Physical Geology and Laboratory
      GEO  1123, 1131   Life Through Time 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  3103, 3111  Structural Geology and Laboratory
      GEO  3112           Geologic Field Investigations
      GEO  3123, 3131  Sedimentation and Stratigraphy and Laboratory
      GEO  4933           Field Geology Part I
      GEO  4943           Field Geology Part II

    2. 21 additional semester credit hours selected from the following courses. 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.

      GEO 3143, 3151  Economic Geology and Laboratory
      GEO 3163          Oceanography
      GEO 3374          Geochemistry
      GEO 3383          General Geophysics
      GEO 3393          Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry
      GEO 4013          Volcanology
      GEO 4023          Engineering Geology
      GEO 4063          Environmental Geology
      GEO 4093          Principles of Remote Sensing
      GEO 4113, 4121 Geomorphology and Laboratory
      GEO 4623          Groundwater Hydrology
      GEO 4911          Independent Study
      GEO 4951          Special Studies in Geology
      GEO 4993          Honors Research
  2. 27 required semester credit hours in the College of Sciences:

    CHE  1103, 1121   General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    CHE  1113, 1131   General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    CS   1173  Data Analysis and Visualization using MATLAB
    MAT  1214  Calculus I
    MAT  1224  Calculus II

    Either
    PHY  1603, 1611  Algebra-based Physics I and Laboratory
    PHY  1623, 1631  Algebra-based Physics II and Laboratory
    or
    PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
    PHY  1963, 1971  Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory

Course Sequence Guide for B.S. 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.S. in Geology - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
CHE 1103
& CHE 1121
General Chemistry I * 4
GEO 1103
& GEO 1111
Physical Geology 4
MAT 1214 Calculus I (core and major) 4
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
CHE 1113
& CHE 1131
General Chemistry II * 4
CS 1173 Data Analysis and Visualization using MATLAB 3
GEO 1123
& GEO 1131
Life Through Time 4
MAT 1224 Calculus II 4
Second Year
Fall
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
GEO 2003
& GEO 2011
Mineralogy 4
GEO 3112 Geologic Field Investigations 2
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Select one of the following:   4
PHY 1943
& PHY 1951
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHY 1603
& PHY 1611
Algebra-based Physics I 4
Spring
GEO 2113 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GEO 3043
& GEO 3051
Petrology 4
Component Area Option core   3
Select one of the following:   4
PHY 1963
& PHY 1971
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PHY 1623
& PHY 1631
Algebra-based Physics II 4
Third Year
Fall
GEO 3123
& GEO 3131
Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 4
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Spring
GEO 3063
& GEO 3071
Paleontology 4
GEO 3103
& GEO 3111
Structural Geology 4
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Summer
GEO 4933 Field Geology Part I 3
GEO 4943 Field Geology Part II 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
American History core   3
Spring
Creative Arts core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
American History core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

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

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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