The Department of Geosciences offers three undergraduate degrees:
- Bachelor of Science with a major in Geology
- Bachelor of Science with a major in Geophysics
- Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Arts with a major in Earth Science
It is also possible for students to obtain a double major in Geology and Geophysics. Students should consult the UH catalog for the general requirements for the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees.
We encourage students who plan careers as professional geoscientists, and/or wish to continue towards a graduate degree in geosciences, to enter the Bachelor of Science program. There is significant overlap in the two Bachelor of Science degree programs and the beginning courses for majors in geology and geophysics are common to both degrees. The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science is designed to provide a broader interdisciplinary program that can be combined with additional training in fields such as education, law, business and journalism. In all of these programs you will have the advantage of small classes and close contact with the geosciences faculty and your fellow students. The undergraduate experience is enhanced by opportunities to interact both with professors and fellow students on field trips as well as in the classroom, in activities organized by the student-run Geosociety, and in participation by some students in undergraduate research tasks.
A significant number of our undergraduate elect to pursue graduate degrees at University of Houston or elsewhere, in preparation for a career in research and/or in academic life, or more commonly to provide a more focused preparation for a career in industry. Our graduates find employment in a range of energy, environmental, mining, governmental, academic and research establishments. There are geoscientists working in virtually every country in the world, but the major employers of our graduates are the energy and environmental companies, many of which are headquartered in the Houston area. Several of these companies have active recruiting programs within the department for permanent positions and also for part-time and summer jobs and for internships. We also have an active UH Geological Alumni Association that holds regular meetings, and provides invaluable support for geoscience students in several ways including the provision of scholarships. In addition to alumni awards, the department, the college, and the university provide a number of scholarship opportunities.
All four degrees are four year programs for full-time students.
As of Fall 2004 the College is offering a new Interdisciplinary degree, Bachelor of Science in Enviromental Science. The four options within this degree include Environmental Geosciences (groundwater/ hydrogeology), and Atmospheric Science.
The undergraduate advisor is Shuhab Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org), room 234 Science and Research 1. Students seeking advisement on undergraduate programs should make an appointment to meet with Dr. Khan.
The information with respect to degree programs that is provided in this website reflects the rules and regulations in force in the Summer of 2004. Students should consult earlier University catalogs for past degree program regulations.
Every effort has been made to authenticate the material in this Departmental website. However it is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with the current University regulations, as embodied in the University of Houston catalog, and to be aware that:
In all issues regarding University of Houston procedures the university catalog is the defining authority.