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Undergraduate Majors

The Bachelor of Science in geology is designed for those students who intend to become professional geologists and/or those who plan to attend graduate school in geosciences. The program includes courses normally expected of graduate school applicants, and courses in related sciences and mathematics. This degree program prepares students for the examination for the professional geologist license.

The Bachelor of Arts in geology program is designed for those students for a broad educational experience in geology.

We expect our graduate should:

Have the basic knowledge and skills demanded for entry-level competence in typical careers in earth science.

Be able to apply basic scientific and technical knowledge to specific tasks and problems.

Cultivate the specific scientific and technical skills that will allow them effectively to serve their employers and to enhance their own career development.

Develop increased capacity in the skills of independent learning, critical thinking, problem definition, and problem solving.

Communicate effectively and professionally through oral, written, and graphical means and to participate effectively in their workplace and in individual and team-related activities.

Have the broad general education needed to appreciate the role of Earth Sciences in the societal context and appreciate the importance of ethics in the practice of the profession.

 Program Goals

The department of Geological Sciences has the following specific goals for its program:

 Bachelor of Science/Arts:

Students in the program will receive a quality preparatory education in the discipline that is current, relevant, practical, and personal.

Students who graduate with appropriate grades will be able to compete successfully for positions at graduate schools nationwide.

Students who graduate with appropriate grades will be prepared for entry-level positions as professionals within their and other related disciplines.

 Academic Performance

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in geology, the student must earn a letter grade of "C-" or better in each course listed herein as part of the required course programs. This grade requirement applies to course work taken outside the department, as well as to transfer courses credited in lieu of resident requirements.



Department of Geological Sciences
Flawn Building (FLN) 4.03.30

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249-0663

Phone: (210) 458-4455
Fax: (210) 458-4469
Email: geosciences@utsa.edu


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The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property — for Texas, the nation and the world.

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