As an earth science, geological sciences embraces the study of the Earth, its composition, its history, and its constantly changing character: origin and evolution of our planet; chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, and fluids; structure of our crust; history of life; the human adaptation to earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and floods; petroleum; and groundwater. The UTSA Department of Geological Sciences offers a major and a minor at the undergraduate level and MS degree at the graduate level, and a Professional Certificate in GIS. We support our graduate students with assistantships, and hourly appointments.
The Department of Geological Sciences includes tenured and tenure-track faculty, and non-tenured and research faculty, who teach and lead research programs in the geological sciences.
Research awards in the Department from the NASA, Office of Naval Research, and other agencies support our local and regional development of research initiatives in geological sciences and collaborations in research on national and international levels. 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.