Earth and Environmental Sciences - Undergraduate Programs

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Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Geology

This degree has three options:

  1. The Professional Option is for students who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school but are uncertain where they want to concentrate. The program emphasizes breadth and exposes students to most of the geological disciplines.
  2. The Environmental Science Option emphasizes the application of earth science to environmental problems associated with the hydrosphere, atmosphere and natural hazards.
  3. The Engineering Geology Option is for students who are interested in combining Geology with Civil Engineering coursework to work with engineering firms on construction and environmental problems.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

This degree is designed for students who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school. It consists of equal numbers of credit hours in Geology and Biology, either Organic or Physical Chemistry, and Math through Calculus II.

Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics is the analysis, integration and dissemination of the vast quantities of scientific data that are associated with a geographic location. The informatics concept integrates web-based, data management technologies with scientific and technical disciplines as well as business and liberal arts disciplines. 

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

This degree has three options:

  1. The General Option is for students who want to combine Geology with other professional interests.
  2. The Geographic Information Systems Option is for students who want to combine Geology with computer technology to store and analyze spatial data using GIS software.
  3. The Composite Science Teacher Certification Option is for students who want teacher certification, and it is offered through the UTeach program.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geology - Professional Option

This degree is for students who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school. The program emphasizes breadth and exposes students to most of the geological disciplines.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
or PHYS 1443 GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
or PHYS 1444 GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or GEOL 3443, or complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course
Computer Competence - pass Computer Skills Placement test or any computer-related course such as:
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
Select either MATH 3316 or BIOL 23003
STATISTICAL INFERENCE
BIOSTATISTICS
MINOR: 18 or more hours as required for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics10
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 3445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL 3441PALEONTOLOGY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 3387FIELD GEOLOGY I3
GEOL 3388FIELD GEOLOGY II3
GEOL 4000-level elective - select one of the following:3
GEODYNAMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
HYDROGEOLOGY
BASIN ANALYSIS
MICROFOSSILS & THE CORRELATION OF SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
GEOL 4000-level electives approved by the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor; no more than 3 hours may be used from the following:6
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA
REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS
GEOGRAPHIC DATA ANALYSIS
General Elective(s)4
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester. Students should also consult with the appropriate department for minor requirements; Biology minors should consult with the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023 
MATH 14264MATH 24254 
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023 
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424 
 14 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424 
POLS 23113PHYS 1441 or 14434 
GEOL 34454HIST 13123 
HIST 13113GEOL 34464 
 14 15
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
GEOL 34414GEOL 34424GEOL 33873
GEOL 34434minor course**3GEOL 33883
PHYS 1442 or 14444POLS 23123 
BIOL 2300 or MATH 33163Approved 4000 level Geology elective3 
 Creative Arts*3 
 15 16 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
minor course**3minor course**4 
Language, Philosophy and Culture*3Foundational Component Area*3 
GEOL 4302, 4308, 4320, 4346 0r 43423Approved Geol 4000 level course3 
POLS 23123  
Social/Behaviorial Science*3  
 15 10
Total Hours: 119
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

**

Actual number of courses/hours and course sequence determined by appropriate department.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geology - Environmental Science Option

This degree emphasizes the application of earth science to environmental problems associated with the hydrosphere, atmosphere and natural hazards.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
or PHYS 1443 GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
or PHYS 1444 GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3443 or complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course
Computer Competence - satisfied by GEOL 4330
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
Select either MATH 3316 or BIOL 23993
STATISTICAL INFERENCE
BIOSTATISTICS
MINOR: 18 or more hours as required by the department of Biology or Chemistry and Biochemistry10
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 3445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 3387FIELD GEOLOGY I3
GEOL 3388FIELD GEOLOGY II3
GEOL 4308ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY3
GEOL 4320HYDROGEOLOGY3
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4405METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY4
General Elective(s)4
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester. Biology minors should consult with the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor for minor requirements, and Chemistry minors should consult with the Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate advisor for minor requirements.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023 
MATH 14264MATH 24254 
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023 
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424 
 14 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
HIST 13113BIOL 14424 
GEOL 34464Language, Philosophy and Culture*3 
BIOL 14414PHYS 14424 
PHYS 14414GEOL 34464 
 15 15
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424GEOL 33873
MATH 33163GEOL 43303GEOL 33883
POLS 23113minor course**3 
Minor Course**3POLS 23123 
 13 13 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 43083GEOL 44054 
GEOL 43203minor course**4 
minor course**3Foundational Component Area*3 
HIST 13123General Elective(s)4 
Social/Behavioral Science*3  
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

**

Actual number of courses/hours and course sequence determined by appropriate department.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geology - Engineering Geology Option

This degree is for students who are interested in combining Geology with Civil Engineering coursework to work with engineering firms on construction and environmental problems.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1443GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1444GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II4
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3443 or complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course
Computer Competence - satisfied by GEOL 4330
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CE 2311STATICS3
CE 2221DYNAMICS2
CE 2313MECHANICS OF MATERIALS I3
12 hours of 3000 and 4000 level advisor approved Civil Engineering courses plus prerequisites12
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 3445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 3387FIELD GEOLOGY I3
GEOL 3388FIELD GEOLOGY II3
GEOL 4308ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY3
GEOL 4320HYDROGEOLOGY3
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
General Elective(s) as needed to total 120 hours for degree
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 13013PHYS 14434 
MATH 14264GEOL 13023 
CHEM 14414MATH 24254 
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023 
 14 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
MATH 23263CHEM 14424 
PHYS 14444CE 23133 
CE 23113CE 22212 
GEOL 34454GEOL 34464 
 14 13
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
Creative Arts*3Language, Philosophy and Culture*3GEOL 33873
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424GEOL 33883
POLS 23113POLS 23123 
Advisor Approved CE or MATH Electives6Social/Behavioral Science*3 
 Advisor Approved CE or MATH elective3 
 16 16 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 43083GEOL 43303 
GEOL 43203HIST 13123 
HIST 13113Foundational Component Area*3 
Advisor Approved CE or MATH electives6General Elective1 
 Advisor Approved CE or MATH Electives6 
 15 16
Total Hours: 124
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

This degree is designed for students who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school. It consists of equal numbers of credit hours in Environmental Science, Geology and Biology, either Organic or Physical Chemistry, and Math through Calculus II.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1443GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I4
or PHYS 1441 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I
PHYS 1444GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II4
or PHYS 1442 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Computer Competence - pass Computer Skills Placement test or any computer-related course such as:
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PROFESSIONAL COURSES3
STATISTICAL INFERENCE
BIOSTATISTICS
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
ENVR 1301INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE3
ENVR 2414THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH4
ENVR 3187ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD METHODS1
GEOL 4308ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY3
GEOL 4465PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND LIMNOLOGY4
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3457GENERAL ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY OPTION
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
QUANTITATIVE AND PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OPTION
QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY
QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
36 hours of courseword must be upperdivision (3000/4000 - level) to earn the degree
Total Hours125-128
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence 

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 13013BIOL 14424 
MATH 14264MATH 24254 
BIOL 14414ENGL 13023 
ENGL 13013ENVR 13013 
 14 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL 23433CHEM 14424 
Creative Arts*3PHYS 1441 or 14434 
ENVR 24144  
CHEM 14414  
 14 8
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
PHYS 1442 or 14444BIOL 3457 or 34444ENVR 31871
CHEM 2321 or 23353HIST 13113 
CHEM 2181 or 22851-2CHEM 2322 or 33173 
POLS 23113CHEM 21821 
MATH 3316 or BIOL 23003POLS 23123 
 14-15 14 1
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 43083GEOL 44054 
GEOL 44654Foundational Component Area*3 
HIST 13123ENVR/BIOL/GEOL Electives9 
Fine Arts3  
 13 16
Total Hours: 108-109
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics

This degree is for students who want to apply informatics to some discipline, which is represented by the minor.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
MATH 1308ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course3
Computer Competence - satisfied by GEOL 4330
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
MINOR: 18 or more hours as required by the appropriate department18
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4331ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA3
GEOL 4333REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS3
INSY 2303INTRODUCTION TO M.I.S. AND DATA PROCESSING3
INSY 3300INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING3
INSY 3303COMPUTER NETWORKS AND DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING3
INSY 3304DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS3
INSY 3305INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
INSY 3309DATA MINING FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS3
INSY 4305ADVANCED APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT3
INSY 4306ADVANCED SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT3
INSY elective - select one of the following:3
MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SECURITY
ADVANCED WEB DEVELOPMENT
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120-123
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester. Students should also consult with the appropriate department for minor requirements.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023
MATH 13243MATH 13083
ENGL 13013INSY 23033
HIST 13113ENGL 13023
Creative Arts*3Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
INSY 33003INSY 33033
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
minor course**3BIOL 14414
HIST 13123minor course**3
COMS 1301 or 2302 (or other equivalent course)3 
 16 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 43303GEOL 43313
INSY 33043INSY 33053
INSY 43053BIOL 14424
minor course**3minor course**3
POLS 23113POLS 23123
 15 16
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 43333GEOL 43343
INSY 43063INSY elective (4308, 4310, 4312, or 4315)3
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
minor course**3minor course**3
Social/Behavioral Science*3Foundational Component Area*3
 16 16
Total Hours: 123
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

**

Actual number of courses/hours and course sequence determined by appropriate department.

*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Geology - General Option

This degree is for students who want to combine Geology with other professional interests.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
MATH 1308ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
MATH 1324ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY3
or MATH 1302
MATH 1303
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
and TRIGONOMETRY
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or GEOL 3443, or complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course
Computer Competence - pass Computer Skills Placement test or any computer-related course such as:
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
MINOR: 18 or more hours as required by the appropriate department18
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 3441PALEONTOLOGY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 3445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL advanced (3000/4000-level) electives approved by the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor6
GEOL 4000-level elective approved by the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor3
General Electives4-7
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester. Students should also consult with the appropriate department for minor requirements.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023
MATH 13243MATH 13083
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
Creative Arts*3CHEM 14424
CHEM 14414 
 16 13
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
minor course**3minor course**3
GEOL 34454GEOL 34464
HIST 13113POLS 23113
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
 14 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
BIOL 14414approved GEOL advanced (3000/4000-level) elective3
minor course**3BIOL 14424
POLS 23123minor course**3
HIST 13123 
 17 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34414approved GEOL 4000-level elective3
approved GEOL advanced (3000/4000-level) elective3minor course**3
minor course**3Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
Social/Behavioral Science*3Foundational Component Area*3
General Elective3General Elective(s)4
 16 16
Total Hours: 120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

**

Actual number of courses/hours and course sequence determined by appropriate department.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Geology - Geographic Information Systems Option

This degree is for students who want to combine Geology with computer technology to store and analyze spatial data using GIS software.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
MATH 1308ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
MATH 1324ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY3
or MATH 1302
MATH 1303
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
and TRIGONOMETRY
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or GEOL 3443, or complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course
Computer Competence - satisfied by GEOL 4330
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
MINOR: 18 hours as required by appropriate department18
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 3445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL 3441PALEONTOLOGY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4331ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA3
GEOL 4333REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS3
GEOL 4334GEOGRAPHIC DATA ANALYSIS3
General Elective(s)1-4
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester. Students should also consult with the appropriate department for minor requirements.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023
MATH 13243MATH 13083
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
Creative Arts*3Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
 16 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34454GEOL 34464
minor course**3minor course**3
HIST 13113PHYS 14424
PHYS 14414POLS 23113
 Social/Behavioral Science*3
 HIST 13123
 14 20
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 43303GEOL 43313
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
minor course**3minor course**3
 14 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34414GEOL 43343
GEOL 43333minor course**3
minor course**3POLS 23123
undefined General Elective(s)4
 10 13
Total Hours: 117
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

**

Actual number of courses/hours and course sequence determined by appropriate department.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Geology - Composite Science Teacher Certification Option (UTeach)

This degree is for students who want teacher certification, and it is offered through the UTeach program.

The University Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours from University Core Curriculum.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Creative Arts *3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Language, Philosophy and Culture *3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
MATH 1324ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY3
or MATH 1302
MATH 1303
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
and TRIGONOMETRY
MATH 1308ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundational Component Area *3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Communication Competence - pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or GEOL 3443, or complete COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or other equivalent course
Computer Competence - satisfied by EDUC 4331
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
BIOL 3427PLANT SCIENCE4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3454GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
TEACHER CERTIFICATION (UTEACH)
SCIE 1101STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING1
SCIE 1102STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN1
SCIE 4107STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR1
SCIE 4607STUDENT TEACHING FOR SECONDARY GRADES6
EDUC 4331KNOWING AND LEARNING IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
EDUC 4332CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS3
EDUC 4333MULTIPLE TEACHING PRACTICES IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
PHIL 2314PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS3
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 3445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL 3441PALEONTOLOGY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 4305SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY (Research Methods)3
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours125
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Typical Course Sequence

Details of a personal course sequence should be made with the guidance of the UTeach advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023
MATH 13243MATH 13083
BIOL 14414ENGL 13023
SCIE 11011SCIE 11021
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
 15 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34454GEOL 34464
BIOL 14424PHYS 14414
EDUC 43313Creative Arts*3
ENGL 13013EDUC 43323
 BIOL 34444
 14 18
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
BIOL 33153GEOL 4305 (Research Methods)3
PHYS 14424BIOL 34544
HIST 13113HIST 13123
PHIL 23143 
 17 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34414POLS 23123
BIOL 34274Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
POLS 23113Foundational Component Area*3
Social/Behavioral Science*3SCIE 41071
EDUC 43333SCIE 46076
 17 16
Total Hours: 125
*

See General Core Requirements for approved courses.

Requirements for a Minor in Geology

A minimum total of 18 credit hours (including a minimum of 6 hours at the 3000-4000 level) are required. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 9 hours at UTA, 6 of which must be 3000-4000 level. A 2.0 GPA is required for coursework in the minor.

The following courses cannot be used for the minor: GEOL 3100, GEOL 3340, GEOL 4189, GEOL 4190, GEOL 4289, GEOL 4393.

Requirements for a Minor in Biology (for Majors in Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Students who are pursuing a major in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and a minor in Biology must meet with a Biology Advisor who approves the minor courses.  The following courses normally satisfy the requirements of the Biology Department and are recommended by the EES Department.

A minimum total of 18 credit hours (including a minimum of 6 hours at the 3000-4000 level) are required. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 9 hours at UTA, 6 of which must be 3000-4000 level. A 2.0 GPA is required for coursework in the minor.

REQUIRED COURSES
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
ADVANCED ELECTIVES - choose from the following:10
BIOSTATISTICS
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
GENETICS
LIMNOLOGY
LIMNOLOGY LABORATORY
MICROBIAL DIVERSITY
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
TOXICOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
other BIOL advanced elective(s) approved by the Biology undergraduate advisor
Total Hours18

Requirements for Certification in Geographic Information Systems

Certification in Geographic Information Systems is designed for students in non-Earth and Environmental Sciences majors who want to become proficient in spatial data analysis, which is used in business, liberal arts, engineering and architecture disciplines.

This is a certification program and it does not lead to a second major or minor. However, students may use these courses to count towards a Geology minor. Students who are in the Geology B.A. Geographic Information Systems Option or Geoinformatics B.S. degree plans may not also earn this certificate, as the certificate courses are required for those degrees.

Students must obtain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the required courses in order to earn the certificate.

REQUIRED COURSES
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4331ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA3
GEOL 4333REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS3
GEOL 4334GEOGRAPHIC DATA ANALYSIS3
Total Hours12