Bachelor of Science in Geology - University of Houston
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Bachelor of Science in Geology

Students who major in Geology must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree and also complete the following requirements.

Required Courses (does not include prerequisites)

Hours

Geology

GEOL 1103 (formerly 1130), 1303 (formerly 1330), 3130, 3145, 3150, 3330, 3340, 3345, 3350, 3355, 3360, 3370, 3372, 3373, 3374, 4330

40

Advanced geology or geophysics electives

6

Chemistry

CHEM 1111, 1112, 1311 (formerly 1331), 1312 (formerly 1332)

8

Mathematics

 MATH 2413 (formerly 1431), 2414 (formerly 1432), 2415 (formerly 2433)

12

Physics

PHYS 2125 (formerly 1121), 2126 (formerly 1122), 2325 (formerly 1321), 2326 (formerly 1322)

8

Other Core requirements

30

Electives*

16

Total (minimum number of hours)

120

The Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 hours, at least 36 of which are to be advanced. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in all courses attempted at the university. In addition, students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in all courses in the major and in the core attempted at the university. Students must have no more than 6 semester hours with grades below C- in all courses attempted in the major. Any student exceeding that limit must retake sufficient courses and obtain acceptable grades so that they do not exceed the six-hour course limit.

*Recommended electives include: Historical Geology lecture and lab (GEOL 1304 (formerly 1376) and GEOL 1104 (formerly 1176)), Computer Science, Biology, Foreign Language.


Capstone Requirement
All students in NSM must complete the Capstone Requirement. Geology majors satisfy the Capstone Requirement by completion of Field Geology (GEOL3355 and 3360).


Departmental Requirements
No geoscience course with a grade below C- can be used as a prerequisite for a more advanced geoscience course. Students with more than 6 hours in geoscience courses with grades below C- are not allowed to enroll in subsequent geoscience courses without written permission from the undergraduate advisor.

All undergraduate majors should meet with the undergraduate advisor prior to registration each semester.


Advanced Approved Geoscience Electives

  • GEOL 3331 Environmental Geology        
  • GEOL 3338 Environmental Hydrogeology             
  • GEOL 3377 Oceanography
  • GEOL 3383 Remote Sensing
  • GEOL 4331 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
  • GEOL 4358 Introduction to Depositional Models    
  • GEOL 4365 Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4382 Introduction to Petroleum Geology
  • GEOL 4397 – by consent of advisor

Bachelor of Science in Geology - Suggested Program

First Year

Fall Semester

Hours

ENGL 1301 (formerly 1303) First Year Writing I

3

CHEM 1311(formerly 1331) and 1111 Fundamentals of Chemistry and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

4

GEOL 1303 (formerly 1330) and 1103 (formerly 1130). Physical Geology (lecture) and Physical Geology (lab)

4

MATH 2413 (formerly 1431) Calculus I

4

Total

15

Spring Semester

Hours

ENGL 1302 (formerly 1304) First Year Writing II

3

CHEM 1312 (formerly 1332) and 1112. Fundamentals of Chemistry and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

4

MATH 2414 (formerly 1432) Calculus II

4

Elective (recommended – GEOL 1304 (formerly 1376) and GEOL 1104 (formerly 1176). Historical Geology Lecture and Lab)

4

Total

15

Second Year

Fall Semester

Hours

GEOL 3370. Mineralogy

3

GEOL 3330 and 3130. Principles of Paleobiology and Paleobiology Laboratory

4

PHYS 2325 (formerly 1321) and 2125 (formerly 1121) University Physics I and Laboratory

4

MATH 2415 (formerly 2433) Calculus III

4

Total

15

Spring Semester

Hours

GEOL 3372. Petrography

3

GEOL 3340. Geologic Field Methods

3

PHYS 2326 (formerly  1322) and 2126 (formerly  1122) University Physics II and Laboratory

4

Visual and Performing Arts Core

3

Social Sciences Core Writing Intensive

3

Total

16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

GEOL 3373. Igneous & Metamorphic Petrogenesis

3

GEOL 3350 and 3150. Principles of Stratigraphy and Principles of Stratigraphy Laboratory

4

Social and Behavioral Science Core

3

GEOL 4330 Introduction to Geophysics

3

HIST 1376 or 1377. The United States to 1877 or equivalent

3

Total

16

Spring Semester

Hours

GEOL 3345 and 3145. Structural Geology and Structural Geology Laboratory

4

GEOL 3374. Sedimentary Petrogenesis

3

HIST 1378 or 1379. The United States since 1877 or equivalent

3

Approved elective

3

Total

13

Summer Session

Hours

GEOL 3355 and 3360. Field Geology

6

Total

6

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Approved elective

3

Geosciences elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

GOVT 2306 (formerly POLS 1336) U. S. and Texas Constitutions and Politics or equivalent

4

Approved elective

3

Total

13

Spring Semester

Hours

Geosciences elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

GOVT 2305 (formerly POLS 1337) U.S. Government: Congress, President and Courts or equivalent

3

Approved electives

6

Total

12