Bachelor of Science in Geosciences

The Geosciences encompass a diverse array of disciplines in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, paleobiology, geomorphology and paleoclimatology, to name a few, with the aim of understanding the origin and evolution of Earth and other planetary bodies in our solar system. Geoscientists study the composition, structure, and DEEP TIME history of Earth. Research in the geosciences will play an increasingly important role in human sustainability including the transition to new energy sources and leads the way as we adapt to the rapidly changing global environments that present existential crises.

Career Potential

A group of geoscience students conduct field work.

Jobs with local domestic oil and gas companies and environmental companies have been, in the recent past, relatively abundant for graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees. The MS degree does, however, remain the degree of choice for most employers in the oil and gas industry as well as mining and environmental industries, and BS degree recipients will be well-served to have as strong of a background in the supporting sciences and communication skills as possible.

Those working in environmental geology are advised to take the National Association of State Boards of Geology’s Fundamentals of Geology licensing exam during their senior year. The UT Dallas curriculum strives to address areas covered in this exam.

Current rates of population growth together with resource consumption issues will further stress food, water and natural resource concerns on a global scale. The impacts of climate change add to these stresses. The need for well-trained, responsible, and solution-driven geoscientists has never been greater.

Job opportunities exist in:

  • Environmental, energy and mineral resources industries.
  • Government agencies associated with natural resources, environmental concerns and the impacts of climate change.
  • Occupations concerned with law, management, economics and environmental management.

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.

Geosciences at UT Dallas

The Bachelor of Science degree is intended for students who want to be practitioners of geology. Students generally should continue their studies in geosciences or closely related programs in graduate schools and attain an MS or PhD degree. Students must earn 120 hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 58-64 hours in the major, plus elective requirements where students can tailor their learning experience more closely to their interests. Visit the GeoClub, a registered student organization devoted to promoting geoscience awareness and involvement within the University and the general community.

High School Preparation

High school students should have an aptitude for science and an interest in the physical world around them, including the environment and the outdoors in general. A background and associated interest in physics, chemistry and mathematics will help ensure success at the undergraduate level.