About the Department


Department Chair

Department Chair - Dr. Hongjie Xie

The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio has academic expertise, research excellence, and student success.

UTSA's undergraduate Geology program began in 1976 and the graduate program began in 1986 with an emphasis on water resources and environmental geology. In 1986, the Center for Water Research (CWR) was founded to promote a multidisciplinary approach to research on water resources in San Antonio and South Texas. In 2004, UTSA approved the Certification of Professional Development in Geographical Information Science. The certificate program emphasis is Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing tools. The Geoinformatices graduate program began in 2017, with an emphasis in geospatial science and technology. The joint Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) Ph.D. program was first created in 2003 in this Department (formally the Department of Earth and Environmental Science) and then moved to Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2007.

Mission Statement

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
  • Providing quality educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, especially for individuals from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and for full-time working professionals
  • Meeting the needs of society for Earth scientists through local and regional service on technical advisory committees and through national and international professional organizations
  • Enhancing competence and interest in geological sciences in the community to help find solutions to complex multi-disciplinary problems involving Earth systems


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