Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Geosciences offers several degree options that are designed to meet the needs of students with a wide range of future career goals. Undergraduates in the Department of Geosciences can take courses leading to the Bachelor of Science in Geology, the Bachelor of Science in Geophysics, or the Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science. Students can also receive a minor in Geology and Earth Science and a secondary major in Geology.

The Department of Geosciences curriculum is designed to provide a sound understanding of geology, geophysics, and related fields and the development of a geological perspective, both of which are essential for continued growth in the geological profession. Courses involve research projects, oral presentations, written reports, and fieldwork. Independent field and laboratory research and presentations at professional meetings are regular features of the undergraduate program.

Students that receive a degree in Geology, Geophysics, and Earth Science have a wealth of career opportunities. Learn more about what you can do as a geoscientist here

For more information about our undergraduate program, contact the Undergraduate Program Director.

* Degree plans and course requirements are subject to change.  For official degree requirements please refer to the Baylor University undergraduate catalog.  

B.S. Degree in Geology*

Forty-six semester hours including the following:

  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1405. (Majors are encouraged to take 1405.)
  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307), 3319, 3427, 3430, 3435, 3442, 3445, and 46C3 (Capstone Field Experience).
  • Nine semester hours of “3000” – “4000” level Geology electives. Note:  GEO 4487 will not apply toward the major.

A grade of “C” or better in geology courses used for the major.

All senior-level candidates must complete the Geology exit exam.

Required courses in other fields:

  • BIO 1306-1106 or BIO 1305-1105 or BIO 1403 or an upper-level biology course
  • CHE 1301, 1101, 1302, 1102
  • MTH 1321 and 1322
  • PHY 1408 and 1409; or 1420 and 1430
  • Geology majors are urged to substitute ENG 3300 for ENG 1304

B.S. Degree in Geophysics*

Forty-six semester hours including the following:

  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1405, or (1109 & 1309) 
  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307), 3319, 3427, 3442, 3445, (4341 or 4346), 4457, 4458, (4656 or 46C3).
  • Six semester hours of “4000” level GEO electives. (Note: GEO 4487 will not apply toward the major.)

A grade of “C” or better in geology courses used for the major.

All senior-level candidates must complete the exit exam.

Required courses in other fields:

  • CHE 1301
  • CSI 1430 and 3324
  • MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321, 3325, and 3326
  • PHY 1420, 1430, 2360, (3320 or 3330)
  • Any two “3000” or “4000” level courses or one four-hour course selected from geology or the four fields above. These courses must be approved by the student’s advisor or the undergraduate program director.

B.A. Degree in Earth Science*

The B.A. degree is not a professional degree in geology. It may be combined with a major in environmental studies or with courses in education for teaching certification.

Requirements for a Major in Earth Science, when not combined with a Major in Environmental Studies

Thirty-four semester hours including the following:

  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307)
  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1405 (Majors are encouraged to take GEO 1405)
  • GEO 3344, 3442, 3445, (4341 or  4346), 3427, 3435, 4485
  • One three-hour advanced GEO course

All senior-level candidates must complete the exit exam.

Required courses in other fields:
  • PHY 1408 or 1420 or 1455 (For those without MTH 1321)
  • MTH 1321 or STA 1380
  • CHE 1300 and 1100 or 1301 and 1101

Requirements for a Major in Earth Science (when combined with a Major in Environmental Studies)

Thirty-two semester hours including the following:

  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307)
  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1405 (Majors are encouraged to take GEO 1405)
  • GEO 3344, 3427, 3435, 3442, 3445, 4341, and 4485

All senior-level candidates must complete the exit exam.

Required course in other field:
  • ENV 4345

Minor in Geology*

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307)
  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1405
  • At least two courses from GEO 3319, 3427, 3430, 3435, 3445, 4341
  • One course from GEO 3341, 3344, 3442, 46C3

Minor in Earth Science*

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307)
  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1408. (Minors are encouraged to take GEO 1405)
  • A minimum of seven semester hours of “3000” or “4000” geology or earth science electives
  • One course from GEO 3344, 3427, 3435, 3442, 46C3

Secondary Major in Geology*
  • One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1405 (Majors are encouraged to take 1405)
  • GEO 1106 (1306 or 1307), 3344, 3427, 3430, 3435, 3442, 3445
  • Three semesters hours of “4000” level Geology electives

A grade of “C” or better in geology courses used for the major

 

Department of Geosciences

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