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Geoscience Pathways Program

Program: Academics Career Track

Careers in Academics involve teaching and conducting research. Research attempts to advance our understanding of the Earth system by identifying gaps in current knowledge and designing and executing specific research projects that will test working hypothesis. Past interns have been involved in the research projects related to the reconstruction of Cretaceous depositional environments in Texas, the downward fining of sediments in the San Antonio River, and the impact of climate change on the collapse of Mayan civilization (more details on our Announcements page). For both aspects of academia, work activities involve geologic concepts belonging to one or more subfield in Geology.

Course Preparation

Students interested in this career track need a foundation of knowledge derived from GEO 1103 Physical Geology, GEO 1123 Life Through Time and its lab (GEO 1131), GEO 2003 Mineralogy and its lab (GEO 2011), plus upper-division courses that support the area of interest.

Technical Short Courses and Workshops

Workshops that have or are currently planned include those that occur in association with the National Science Foundation (Responsible Conduct of Research) and the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at UTSA (Laboratory Training Safety).

Our Partners for Internships

UTSA research groups explore the areas of carbonate sedimentology and geochemistry (Dr. Godet), hydrogeology and climate changes (Drs. Gao and Kelley), stable isotope geochemistry and paleoclimate (Drs. Suarez and Kelley), oceanography (Dr. Nuñez-Mestas), GIS and remote sensing (Dr. Xie), paleontology (Dr. Lambert with Mrs. Vote), igneous petrology (Dr. Gray), and river geomorphology (Dr. Haschenburger).


Student participants performing field work pertaining to the Enchanted Rock batholith as part of their rotation in the Academic Career Track (Spring 2017)


Student participant describing and measuring a section across the Eagle Ford – Austin Chalk Groups boundary in San Antonio as part of his rotation in the Academic Career Track (Spring 2018)


Student participant presenting the results of his research as part of his rotation in the Academic Career Track at the UTSA College of Sciences Research Conference (Fall 2018)


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1600542. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.