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 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 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY 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 2445MINERALOGY4
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 23113PHYS 14424
 PHYS 14414POLS 23123
 GEOL 24454Creative Arts*3
 15 14
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 33873GEOL 34414GEOL 34424
GEOL 33883GEOL 34434minor course**3
 HIST 13013GEOL 34464
 GEOL 43303HIST 13023
 6 14 14
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 Additional 4000 level Geology elective4minor course**4
 minor course**3Foundational Component Area*3
 Language, Philosophy and Culture*3Approved Geol 4000 level course4
 Social/Behaviorial Science*3 
 GEOL 44544 
 17 11
Total Hours: 120

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 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY 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
GEOL 4454STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR. SCI.)3-4
or MATH 3316 STATISTICAL INFERENCE
MINOR: 18 or more hours as required by the department of Biology or Chemistry and Biochemistry10
MAJOR
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
GEOL 2445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 3387FIELD GEOLOGY I3
GEOL 3388FIELD GEOLOGY II3
ENVR 4313ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF CHEMICAL HAZARDS3
GEOL 4420HYDROGEOLOGY4
GEOL 4330UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOL 4000-level elective (4 hours):
GEOL 4405METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY4
or GEOL 4465 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND LIMNOLOGY
or ENVR 4455 MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SYSTEMS
or ENVR 4457 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
36 hours of coursework must be advanced (3000/4000-level) to earn degree.2
Total Hours120-121

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 13013BIOL 14424
 BIOL 14414PHYS 14424
 PHYS 14414HIST 13023
 GEOL 24454Creative Arts*3
 15 14
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 33873GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 33883GEOL 4454 (STATISTICS FOR EARTH AND ENVR. SCI.)4GEOL 43303
 Minor Course**3GEOL 34464
 POLS 23113POLS 23123
 6 14 14
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 GEOL 44204GEOL 4405, 4465, ENVR 4455, or ENVR 44574
 ENVR 43133minor course**4
 minor course**3Foundational Component Area*3
 Social/Behavioral Science*3Additional electives (3000/4000-level)1-2
  Language, Philosphy, and Culture3
 13 15-16
Total Hours: 120-121

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 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY 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 2445MINERALOGY4
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
GEOL, ENVR, DATA, CE, ENGR Elective(s) as needed to total 120 hours for degree11
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
 HIST 13013HIST 13023
  Social/Behavior Science3
 13 15
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 33873GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 33883Advisor Approved CE, DATA, or MATH Electives3Advisor Approved CE, DATA, or MATH elective6
 POLS 23113POLS 23123
 GEOL 24454 
 6 14 13
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 GEOL 44204GEOL 43303
 GEOL 43523Foundational Component Area*3
 Advisor Approved GEOL, ENVR, DATA, CE electives10General Elective1
  Advisor Approved CE or MATH Electives6
 17 13
Total Hours: 120

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 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Foundation Component Area3
Computer Competence - pass Computer Skills Placement test or any computer-related course: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
ENVR 1330GLOBAL WARMING3
or GEOL 1340 WEATHER AND CLIMATE
ENVR 2414THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH4
ENVR 3387ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD METHODS3
ENVR 4303TOPICS IN SUSTAINABILITY3
ENVR 4313ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF CHEMICAL HAZARDS3
ENVR 4455MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SYSTEMS (MODELING OF ENVR SYSTEMS)4
ENVR 4457ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY4
GEOL 4323ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
GEOL 4331ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA3
or GEOL 4332 GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM
or GEOL 4333 REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS
or GEOL 4334 GEOGRAPHIC DATA ANALYSIS
GEOL 4405METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY4
or GEOL 4465 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND LIMNOLOGY
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3356ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS3
or BIOL 3355 TOXICOLOGY
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
ENVR/GEOL/DATA/CHEM/BIO ELECTIVES (10 CREDIT HOURS)10
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 13013ENVR 13303
 UNIV 11311 
 15 14
Second Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 HIST 13013CHEM 14424
 CHEM 14414PHYS 1442 or 14444
 PHYS 1441 or 14434HIST 13023
 Social and Behavioral Sciences3ENVR 24144
 14 15
Third Year
Summer SessionHoursFirst SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENVR 33873ENVR 43133POLS 23123
 ENVR 44544GEOL 4331, 4332, 4333, or 43343
 GEOL 43303BIOL 3356 or 33553
 POLS 23113GEOL 43233
  Creative Arts*3
 3 13 15
Fourth Year
 First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
 GEOL 4405 or 44654ENVR 43033
 ENVR/GEOL/DATA/BIOL/CHEM Electives (10 Credits)10ENVR 44554
 Language, Philosophy, and Culture3ENVR 44574
  Foundational Component Area3
 17 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 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY 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 2445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3441PALEONTOLOGY4
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
GEOL, ENVR, or DATA advanced (3000/4000-level) electives approved by the Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate advisor11
General Electives3
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.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 13013GEOL 13023
MATH 14214MATH 13083
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
UNIV 11311Creative Arts3
 15 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
minor course**3minor course**3
PHYS 14414POLS 23113
BIOL 14414PHYS 14424
GEOL 24454BIOL 14424
 15 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
POLS 23123approved GEOL,ENVR, or DATA advanced (3000/4000-level) elective4
HIST 13013GEOL 34464
HIST 13023HIST 13023
General Elective3 
 16 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34414approved GEOL 4000-level elective1
approved GEOL, ENVR, or DATA advanced (3000/4000-level) elective3minor course**6
minor course**6Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
Social/Behavioral Science*3Foundational Component Area*3
 16 13
Total Hours: 120

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 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY 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 2445MINERALOGY4
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)2
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.

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 24454minor course**3
HIST 13013PHYS 14424
PHYS 14414POLS 23113
BIOL 14414Social/Behavioral Science*3
 HIST 13023
 BIOL 14424
 15 20
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
GEOL 43303GEOL 43313
minor course**6minor course**3
 GEOL 34464
 13 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 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
MATH 1308ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
Social/Behavioral Science *3
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY 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 3454GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
ENVR 4303TOPICS IN SUSTAINABILITY3
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 4107CLINICAL TEACHING SEMINAR1
SCIE 4607CLINICAL 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 2445MINERALOGY4
GEOL 3446PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY4
or GEOL 3441 PALEONTOLOGY
GEOL 3442SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 3443STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 4343RESEARCH METHODS - UTEACH3
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 UTeach advisor, particularly since many GEOL courses are not offered every semester.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
UNIV 11311GEOL 13023
GEOL 13013MATH 13083
MATH 14214ENGL 13023
SCIE 12012SCIE 12022
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
 14 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
EDUC 43313Creative Arts*3
PHYS 14414EDUC 43323
BIOL 14414PHYS 14424
GEOL 24454BIOL 14424
 15 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 34434GEOL 34424
BIOL 33153BIOL 34544
PHIL 23143GEOL 43433
HIST 13013ENVR 43033
ENGL 13013HIST 13023
 16 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
GEOL 3441 or 34464POLS 23123
POLS 23113Language, Philosophy and Culture*3
Social/Behavioral Science*3Foundational Component Area*3
EDUC 43333SCIE 41071
 SCIE 46076
 13 16
Total Hours: 120

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
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
TOXICOLOGY
GENERAL 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