BS in Geological Sciences

Geologists and geophysicists explore for oil, natural gas and mineral resources. Geoscientists work in the environmental industry to protect wetlands and groundwater. The US government employs geoscientists to determine landslide risk, to analyze satellite imagery, and to working on Mars exploration. College and universities employ geologists and geophysicists as faculty and Many geologists teach in high school or community college. 

Marketable Skills

  1. Communication: The ability to present complex information and ideas to others in settings from one-on-one to large audiences in a way that they can understand and be convinced of your conclusions.

  2. Critical thinking: The ability to deal with incomplete and ambiguous data to create plausible scenarios of varying probability.

  3. Entrepreneurship: Develop, organize, and manage ideas and opportunities turning them into new products, services, firms, or industries

  4. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues

  5. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal

  6. Writing: Communicate using text in a clear and concise manner

Other marketable skills include GIS data analysis; 3-D computer modeling and visualization. Students with a concentration in education will also be able to gain presentation skills in front of groups.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

BS in Geological Sciences

Required Credits: 120

Geology Major Requirements
Supporting Math/Sci - Geol Sci (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Geological Sciences Major
Required Courses:
Select one of the following:3
Intro to Physical Geology
and Lab for GEOL 1313 2
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
Select one of the following:4
Intro to Historical Geol
and Lab for GEOL 1314 2
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
Required:3
Mineralogy & Petrology
and Mineralogy & Petrology Lab
Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
and Igneous/Metamorphic Petr. Lab
Geoscience Processes
and Geoscience Processes Lab
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Lab
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
and Lab for Sedim & Stratigraphy
GEOL 4375
GEOL 4376
Field Geology I
and Field Geology II
6
Six upper-division hour in geology or geophysics 36
Geological Sciences Major Reqs
Select an additional 23 hours in any subject, 10 of which must be upper-division23
Total Hours 120

The requirement to obtain the BS in Geological Sciences consists of the general College of Science requirements plus the following specific requirements:

BS in Geological Sciences w/ Concentration in 7-12 Science

A UTEP overall and content area GPA must be at least 2.75 for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 

Required Credits: 120

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Supporting Math/Sci - Geol Sci (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
MATH 1312
MATH 1411
Calculus II
and Calculus I
7
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Geological Sciences Major
Select one of the following:1-3
Intro to Physical Geology
and Lab for GEOL 1313 2
Principles of Earth Science
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Select one of the following:4
Intro to Historical Geol
and Lab for GEOL 1314 2
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
Required:3
Mineralogy & Petrology
and Mineralogy & Petrology Lab
Required:2
Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
and Igneous/Metamorphic Petr. Lab
Required:3
Geoscience Processes
and Geoscience Processes Lab
Required:3
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Lab
Required:3
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
and Lab for Sedim & Stratigraphy
Required Courses:
GEOL 4376Field Geology II3
GEOL 4375Field Geology I3
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of 37 hours of upper division course work. 337
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6