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 emphasizes on interdisciplinary training related to environmental sciences and is designed for students who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school.

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 GEOL 4454 or MATH 3316 3
GEOL 4454STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCI. )4
STATISTICAL INFERENCE
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
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
GEOL 4000-level elective (4 hours) (can not be GEOL4331, 4333, 4334, and 4354):4
General Elective(s)4
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120

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 
 UNIV 11311GEOL 13023 
 GEOL 13013MATH 24254 
 MATH 14264ENGL 13023 
 ENGL 13013CHEM 14424 
 CHEM 14414  
 15 14
Second Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
 BIOL 14414BIOL 14424 
 POLS 23113HIST 13123 
 HIST 13113PHYS 14424 
 PHYS 14414POLS 23123 
 14 14
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
GEOL 33873GEOL 34414GEOL 34424 
GEOL 33883GEOL 34434minor course**3 
 GEOL 34454Approved 4000 level Geology elective3 
 Creative Arts*3GEOL 34464 
 6 15 14
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
 minor course**3minor course**4POLS 23123
 Language, Philosophy and Culture*3Foundational Component Area*3 
 GEOL 43303Approved Geol 4000 level course6 
 Social/Behaviorial Science*3GEOL 4454 (Statistics for Earth and Env. Scientist)4 
 12 17 3
Total Hours: 124

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 GEOL4454 or MATH 3316 4
GEOL 4454STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR. SCI.)4
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 4420HYDROGEOLOGY4
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4000-level elective (4 hours) from the following
GEOL 4325PALEOCLIMATE & CLIMATE CHANGE3
GEOL 4352ANALYTICAL METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY3
GEOL 4405METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY4
GEOL 4465PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND LIMNOLOGY4
General Elective(s)4
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours134

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
 UNIV 11311GEOL 13023
 GEOL 13013MATH 24254
 MATH 14264ENGL 13023
 ENGL 13013CHEM 14424
 CHEM 14414 
 15 14
Second Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 HIST 13113BIOL 14424
 BIOL 14414Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
 PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
 POLS 23113POLS 23123
 14 14
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 33873GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 33883GEOL 4454 (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR. SCI.)4GEOL 43303
 Minor Course**3minor course**3
 GEOL 34454GEOL 34464
 6 15 14
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 GEOL 43083GEOL 44054
 GEOL 44204minor course**4
 minor course**3Foundational Component Area*3
 HIST 13123General Elective(s)2
 Social/Behavioral Science*3 
 16 13
Total Hours: 121

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 4420HYDROGEOLOGY4
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4352ANALYTICAL METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY3
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

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
 UNIV 11311PHYS 14434
 GEOL 13013GEOL 13023
 MATH 14264MATH 24254
 CHEM 14414ENGL 13023
 ENGL 13013 
 15 14
Second Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 MATH 23263CHEM 14424
 PHYS 14444CE 23133
 CE 23113CE 22212
 POLS 23113POLS 23123
 Language, Philosophy and Culture3Creative Arts3
 16 15
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 33873GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 33883Advisor Approved CE or MATH Electives6Social/Behavioral Science*3
 GEOL 34454Advisor Approved CE or MATH elective3
  GEOL 34464
 6 14 14
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 GEOL 44204GEOL 43303
 GEOL 43523HIST 13123
 HIST 13113Foundational Component Area*3
 Advisor Approved CE or MATH electives6General Elective1
  Advisor Approved CE or MATH Electives6
 16 16
Total Hours: 126

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

This degree is designed for students who plan to work in the environmental and sustainability sectors.

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

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES
RECOMMENDED CORE REQUIREMENTS
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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
Foundation Component Area3
Computer Competence - pass Computer Skills Placement test or any computer-related course such as:3
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PROFESSIONAL COURSES
ENVR 4454STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS (STATISTICS IN EARTH AND ENVR. SCI)4
or MATH 3316 STATISTICAL INFERENCE
MAJOR
ENVR 1301INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE3
or GEOL 1340 WEATHER AND CLIMATE
GEOL 1330GLOBAL WARMING3
or GEOL 1301 EARTH SYSTEMS
ENVR 2414THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH4
ENVR 3187ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD METHODS1
GEOL 4305SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY (ISSUES ENVR HEALTH)3
ENVR 4455MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SYSTEMS (MODELING OF ENVR SYSTEMS)4
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
GEOL 4331ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA3
GEOL 4405METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY4
or GEOL 4465 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND LIMNOLOGY
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3457GENERAL ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
ENVR/GEOL/CHEM/BIO ELECTIVES (17 CREDIT HOURS)17
36 hours of courseword must be upperdivision (3000/4000 - level) to earn the degree
Total Hours120

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
 MATH 14264BIOL 14424
 BIOL 14414MATH 24254
 ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
 ENVR 13013GEOL 13303
 UNIV 11311 
 15 14
Second Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 HIST 13113CHEM 14424
 CHEM 14414PHYS 1442 or 14444
 PHYS 1441 or 14434HIST 13123
 Social and Behavioral Sciences3ENVR 24144
 14 15
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENVR 31871GEOL 43303BIOL 34444
 GEOL 43053POLS 23123
 BIOL 43573GEOL 43313
 POLS 23113ENVR 4454 or MATH 3316 (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR. SCI.)4
 Language, Philosophy, and Culture3ENVR/GEOL/BIOL Electives2
 1 15 16
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 GEOL 4405 or 44654GEOL 4305 (ENVR HEALTH ISSUES)3
 ENVR/GEOL/BIO/CHEM Electives4ENVR/BIOL/GEOL/CHEM Electives9
 Creative Arts3Foundational Component Area3
 11 15
Total Hours: 116

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 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 - 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
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1340WEATHER AND CLIMATE3
or GEOL 1350 INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4331ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA3
GEOL 4333REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS3
GEOL 4405METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY4
or GEOL 4465 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND LIMNOLOGY
GEOL 4454STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR SCI)4
or MATH 3316 STATISTICAL INFERENCE
GEOL/ENVR Electives4
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 3309INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS ANALYTICS3
INSY 4305ADVANCED APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT3
INSY 4306ADVANCED SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT3
INSY elective - select one of the following:3
VISUALIZED BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY
ADVANCED WEB DEVELOPMENT
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.
Total Hours120-123

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 1350 or 13403
ENGL 13013INSY 23033
HIST 13113MATH 24254
Creative Arts3ENGL 13023
MATH 14264Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
 16 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
HIST 13123BIOL 14424
COMS 1301 or 2302 (or other equivalent course)3INSY 33003
BIOL 14414POLS 23113
 14 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
INSY 33043INSY 33053
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
GEOL 43303GEOL 43313
POLS 23123GEOL 4454 (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR. SCIENTISTS)4
INSY 33033 
 16 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 43333GEOL 43343
Social and Behavior Sci.3INSY elective (4308, 4310, 4312, or 4315)3
GEOL 4405 or 44654ENVR/GEOL Electives (5 credits)5
Foundational Component Area3INSY 43063
INSY 43053 
 16 14
Total Hours: 120

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 Hours121

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 
UNIV 11311 
 17 13
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
minor course**3minor course**3
HIST 13113POLS 23113
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
 14 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
minor course**3approved GEOL advanced (3000/4000-level) elective3
POLS 23123minor course**3
HIST 13123GEOL 34464
GEOL 34454 
 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: 121

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 Hours121

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
minor course**3minor course**3
HIST 13113PHYS 14424
PHYS 14414POLS 23113
BIOL 14414Social/Behavioral Science*3
 HIST 13123
 BIOL 14424
 14 20
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 43303GEOL 43313
minor course**3minor course**3
GEOL 34454GEOL 34464
 14 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34414GEOL 43343
GEOL 43333minor course**3
minor course**3POLS 23123
undefined General Elective(s)7
 10 16
Total Hours: 120

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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
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 1201STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING2
SCIE 1202STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN2
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 Hours128

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 12012SCIE 12022
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
 16 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 14424Creative Arts*3
EDUC 43313EDUC 43323
ENGL 13013BIOL 34444
HIST 13113HIST 13123
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
 17 17
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
BIOL 33153GEOL 4305 (Research Methods)3
PHIL 23143BIOL 34544
GEOL 34454GEOL 34464
 14 15
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: 127

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