Geological Sciences Mission
The Department of Geological Sciences is committed to:
Advancing scientific knowledge in geological sciences through collaborative and interdisciplinary research at local, national and international levels;
Geological Sciences Vision
The Department of Geological Sciences envisions itself a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence in near-surface Earth systems interactions and a leading department for research, education, and community service in geological sciences in the South-Central Texas.
The Department of Geological Sciences includes 8 tenured, tenure-track faculty and several non-tenured and research faculty who teach and lead research programs in the geological sciences.
Research awards in the
Department from the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Education, U.S. Army, and
other agencies support our local and regional development of
research initiatives in geological sciences and
collaborations in research on national and international
Our research laboratories provide both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn, participate, and acquire skills in areas of geological or earth systems study.
Our research facilities include laboratories for biogeochemistry, hydrogeology, engineering geology, isotope geochemistry, micropaleontology and stratigraphy, remote sensing and spatial analysis, river science, and x-ray diffraction.
UTSA’s undergraduate Geology program started in 1976 and the graduate (masters) program started in 1986 with emphases in water resources and environmental geology. In 1986, UTSA founded the Center for Water Research (CWR) to promote a multidisciplinary approach to research on water resources in San Antonio and South Texas.
UTSA's undergraduate degree in Multidisciplinary Science started in 1995. The program is primarily for students preparing to teach science at the secondary level. It is a composite degree made up of course work taken from different science programs in the College of Sciences.