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Geology Major

BS in Geology
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Degree Plan

Geological science is the study of the Earth and other planets and the processes that have shaped them since the origin of the solar system. Topics covered in geological sciences include earthquakes, exploration of the sea floor, fossils, ground water, mountain building, petroleum and ore deposits, plate tectonics, the history of the Earth and planets, volcanoes. A B.S. in geological sciences provides students with a solid background, drawing upon the fields of chemistry, mathematics and physics. Students gain a strong understanding of field methods as well as modern computing, remote sensing and instrumentation. The modern geological scientist uses computers, satellites, high-tech instrumentation, field mapping and exploration to understand the natural environment and Earth's resources.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements . You are also urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements .


Possible careers with a Bachelor of Science in Geology include jobs in parks and forestry management, museum work, science education, urban and suburban planning, land use planning, environmental control, natural resources management, water and soil quality, waste disposal, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers. For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services.

Contact Information

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
312 Science and Research 1
Houston, TX 77204-5007
Phone: 713-743-3399

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