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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 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 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 Life and Physical 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  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  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 with an appropriate number of credit hours 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 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
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
GEO 1123
& GEO 1131
Life Through Time (core and major) 4
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Creative Arts core   3
Second Year
Fall
GEO 2003
& GEO 2011
Mineralogy 4
CS 1173 Data Analysis and Visualization using MATLAB (or free elective) *** 3
Free elective   3
Select one of the following:   4
CHE 1113
& CHE 1131
General Chemistry II * 4
GEO 3374 Geochemistry ** 4
Spring
GEO 2113 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GEO 3043
& GEO 3051
Petrology 4
PHY 1603
& PHY 1611
Algebra-based Physics I 4
Free elective   3
Third Year
Fall
GEO 3123
& GEO 3131
Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 4
PHY 1623
& PHY 1631
Algebra-based Physics II 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Spring
GEO 3063
& GEO 3071
Paleontology 4
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Component Area Option core   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division Free elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
American History core   3
Spring
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
American History core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Upper-division Free elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective   3
Upper-division GEO elective (3XX1)   1
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* 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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