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Geoscience Pathways Program

Program: Energy Resources Career Track

Careers in energy resources involve the assessment and extraction of non-renewable and renewable energy sources. Past interns have work on projects related to evaluating hydrocarbon potential of a region and assessing conditions for the development of petroleum systems. Work activities draw on geologic concepts related to sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, organic geochemistry, and geophysics.

Course Preparation

Students interested in this career track can prepare by enrolling in: GEO 3103 Structural Geology and its lab (GEO 3111), GEO 3123 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy and its lab (GEO 3131), GEO 3383 General Geophysics, GEO 4953 SS: Petroleum Geology, and CHE 2603 Organic Chemistry I and its lab (CHE 2612).

Technical Short Courses and Workshops

Workshops that have or are currently planned include specialized workshops at the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists as well as an Introduction to IHS Petra™ and Kingdom® software presented by our partners at Lewis Energy, Zachry Exploration, GulfTex, and Windridge Oil & Gas.

Our Partners for Internships

Abraxas logo

The Abraxas Petroleum Corporation primarily focuses on the development of conventional and unconventional resources in its primary operating areas in the Rocky Mountains, South Texas, Powder River Basin, and Permian Basin.

BlackBrush Oil & Gas logo

BlackBrush Oil & Gas L.P. is an independent oil and gas exploration and development company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, active in the late Cretaceous Eagle Ford shale and Austin Chalk as well as other formations.

EOG logo

EOG is one of the largest independent (non-integrated) crude oil and natural gas companies in the United States, whose strategy is to generate the best rates of return by controlling operating and capital costs while maximizing oil and natural gas reserve recoveries.

Lilis Energy logo

Lilis Energy is a Houston-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company that operates in the Permian's Delaware Basin, which is considered amongst the leading resource plays in North America.

Welder Exploration & Production logo

Welder Exploration & Production, Inc. is a privately held oil and natural gas exploration and production enterprise, founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Antonio, that seeks, finds and sells oil and natural gas as a premium investment vehicle for its owners and project participants.

Windridge Oil & Gas logo

Windridge Oil & Gas L.P. is a San Antonio-based Texas Limited Partnership formed in June 2016, which focuses on upstream oil and gas markets, utilizing its technical expertise and experience in a variety of basins.


Students attending the Introduction to IHS Kingdom® short course (Spring 2018)


Students attending the Introduction to IHS Petra™ short course (Fall 2018)


Students attending the Introduction to IHS Petra™ short course (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.