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Geologists study the history, materials, processes and products of the Earth. Some pursue solely academic interests such as how mountains form and erode while others are interested in practical applications, exploring fossil fuels and minerals or planning construction sites and disposal locations. A geologist studies environmental impact.

The Department of Geosciences offers bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, master of science and doctoral degrees with specialization in geology, geophysics and environmental science.

TU’s curriculum provides a sound foundation in the basic sciences while engaging in energy-related fields of exploration, environment and resources. The bachelor of science degree in geosciences with a geology option prepares students for careers in the study of Earth’s physical characteristics including composition and structure. The environmental science option is designed for students who intend to work as geoscientists at organizations, corporations and government entities.

The bachelor of science degree in geophysics applies the fundamentals of physics to the study of the Earth’s material and organic systems. The interdisciplinary bachelor of science in Biogeosciences degree program attracts students interested in a combined curriculum from the Departments of Biological Science and Geosciences.

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Science

Students who complete the undergraduate program will:

  1. Be equipped to enter and complete graduate training in the geosciences.
  2. Be prepared to enter the geosciences profession.
  3. Apply knowledge in the geosciences, support sciences, and mathematics to solve complex geosciences problems.
  4. Communicate effectively with peers and professionals both orally and in written form.
  5. Adhere to accepted ethical and professional practice standards in the geosciences community.
  6. Recognize the need to engage in life-long learning.
  7. Understand contemporary issues in the geosciences.
Degree Options

Geosciences, Environmental Science Option, B.S.G.S.

Trains students to work as geoscientists at organizations, corporations and government entities and provides skills and knowledge needed to investigate the Earth’s components while considering environmental factors.

Geosciences, Geology Option, B.S.G.S.

Prepares students for careers in the study of Earth’s physical characteristics including composition, structure and processes.

Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering Option, B.S.G.S.

Provides a sound foundation in the basic sciences while engaging in basic and applied knowledge in petroleum engineering and energy-related fields.

Geophysics, B.S.G.P.

Provides students with the fundamentals of the physics discipline to the study of Earth’s material and organic systems.

Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.A.

Provides a strong background in the sciences and technology while enjoying the flexibility and curriculum of a liberal arts education.

Geology, B.A.

Provides students with a broader, liberal arts-based education, with ability to apply geological sciences in non-technical careers such as scientific writing, business, and elementary or secondary teaching.

Geology Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about geosciences are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Geophysics, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics (B.S.G.P.) degree and Master of Science (M.S.) degree in geophysics in five years.

Geosciences, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students to earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years.

Biogeosciences, B.S.B.G.

Interdisciplinary program where students are exposed to the hard sciences, mathematics and statistics while incorporating the core fundamentals of biology and geosciences with earth systems science.

Typical Four-Year Schedule

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and ArgumentationGeneral Elective
Calculus ICalculus II
General Chemistry I + LabGeneral Chemistry II + Lab
Physical Geology + LabGeology Elective
Introduction to Geosciences
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationGeneral Elective
Calculus IIITechnical Elective
General Physics I + LabGeneral Physics II + Lab
MineralogyHistory of the Biosphere + Lab
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
General ElectiveWriting for the Professions
General ElectiveTechnical Elective
Structural Geology + LabGeomorphology
Sedimentary Rocks and Processes + LabGeology Elective (Upper Division)
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationGeneral Elective
Technical ElectiveGeneral Elective
Technical ElectiveScientific Programming or Intro to Geoinfographic
Information Systems + Lab
Physics of the EarthTechnical Elective
Technical ElectiveIgneous and Metamorphic Rocks and Processes
+ Lab
Field Camp (Summer)

*Introduction to College Writing or its equivalent may be a prerequisite in some cases.
++Courses that fulfill Blocks I, II, and III are listed each semester in the advising center and in the university
schedule of courses.

Professional Opportunities
  • Senior geologist
  • Reservoir geologist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Remediation specialist
  • Earth modeler