Undergraduate Geosciences

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Two Pathways to Success

Starting with the 2012-2014 Catalog, we offer a single degree fulfilled by your choice of two pathways of study.  The Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Geosciences may be satisfied through either the Environmental Science track or the Geosciences track.  The Environmental Science track is an interdisciplinary degree that requires a concentration option in biology, chemistry, or geoscience. Further details are on the Environmental Science webpage. The Geosciences track focuses on a traditional curriculum in geology coursework.  Both tracks provide rigorous preparation for employment or for further education in earth science.

The Kimbell School of Geosciences offers a diverse array of courses in geosciences to fulfill the Bachelor of Science in Geosciences. The degree program and a current listing of course descriptions is located in the undergraduate catalog. Both current and older catalogs are available here.


A number of generous donors have provided for scholarship grants for qualified applicants. Scholarships applications are solicited in the spring, and provide merit-based support for graduate and undergraduate students for the following academic year. Limited funding is also available to support field course and summer enrollment. The scholarship page holds further details.

Earn a Paycheck

The program employs select qualified upperclassmen as teaching assistants in our introductory laboratories in Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Environmental Science, and Physical Sciences.  The opportunity permits students to share their knowledge, acquire the teaching experience highly valued by graduate schools, and get payed for their efforts.

Additionally, many of our students work as geotechs at local oil and gas exploration firms.  These opportunities provide hands-on training and exposure to petroleum exploration.  Most provide significant compensation in addition to valuable experience.

Field Work

Field excursions and projects provide earth sciences students with a vital sense of the scale of materials and processes.  Many of our courses incorporate projects and field trips.  Recent class excursions included trips to Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains, Mustang Island, Big Bend National Park, the Arbuckle Mountains, the Wichita Mountains, and the great Salt Plains.  Furthermore, geosciences track students complete a summer field course - a four-to-six week program in the summer of their junior or senior year.