Geosciences begin with the ground we walk on, delve inward to the center of the Earth and expand outward to other planetary bodies in our solar system. Geoscientists study the composition, structure and history of our surroundings and ultimately provide us with a better sense of ourselves, the universe around us and our connection to everything.
Careers in the geosciences appeal to those with an interest in science who like to travel and to work outdoors. Geology majors are typically employed in the areas of natural resources, assessment of natural hazards, the impact of climate change or environmental management. Jobs with smaller domestic energy and environmental companies are relatively abundant for those holding Bachelor of Science degrees, although many choose to pursue graduate degrees and work for major international energy companies or scientific research laboratories.
Those working in environmental geology are advised to take the Fundamentals of Geology portion of the National Association of State Boards of Geology licensing exam during their senior year. The UT Dallas curriculum specifically addresses areas covered in this exam.
Steady population and economic growth put stresses on water and natural resources, which combined with the impacts of climate change, provide a growing demand for geoscientists. Job opportunities abound in:
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes, and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
Differences between BS and BA degrees:
Students in the BS degree program generally will continue their studies in geosciences or closely related programs in graduate schools and attaining a master’s or doctorate degree.
The degree requires 53 hours of geosciences, eight hours of chemistry, and eight hours of math toward a total of 122 credit hours needed to graduate. The requirements for the BA degree are identical to the BS degree for the first two years.
Visit the GeoClub, a registered student organization devoted to promoting geoscience awareness and knowledge within the University and the general community:
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas. The hours required to complete the master’s degree is reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. A Fast-Track undergraduate who passed 12 hours of graduate coursework would have only 21 hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master’s degree.
High school students need an aptitude for science and an interest in the physical world around them, including nature, the environment and the outdoors in general. A background in geography, geology, chemistry and mathematics will help ensure success at the undergraduate level.
UT Dallas’ School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students in biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and physics. In addition to regular coursework, undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research alongside the faculty and graduate students. From the world-renowned Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, headed by Dr. Ray Baughman, to the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences—where Dr. John Hoffman helped discover water on Mars—the science education at UT Dallas is a hands-on, high quality experience for undergraduates and graduate students alike.
The UTeach Dallas program offers students the possibility of completing the requirements for high school teacher certification along with their regular BS or BA degrees.
Bachelor of Science: Actuarial science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology, physics
Bachelor of Arts: Biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics
Master of Science: Applied physics, bioinformatics and computational biology, biology-molecular and cell, biotechnology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics
Master of Arts: Teaching in mathematics education, teaching in science education
Doctor of Philosophy: Biology-molecular and cell, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics
Postbaccalaureate certificate in biomedical science
Department of Geosciences
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Dr. Dennis L. Miller
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies