Department of Geosciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Undergraduate Areas of Study

Geology is a wonderfully interdisciplinary field of study that often appeals to individuals who like working outdoors.

In many ways geology is the ultimate investigative science, because the geologist is often required to infer as much as possible from a few shreds of evidence. Paleontologists may discern much about the lifestyle of a dinosaur from a few foot bones. A team of geoscientists – paleontologists, petroleum and structural geologists – will make a multi-million dollar decision about the most likely place to drill for oil based on strings of evidence that point to a single conclusion. An environmental geologist will determine the best way to remediate an underground gasoline plume based on trace concentrations of natural bacterial breakdown products from the plume.

In each case the geoscientist is required to make the best determination from partial and sometimes conflicting evidence. Many geoscientists work under challenging conditions — contending with earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and floods — in order to determine how to predict, live with, or control these phenomena. Geoscientists also garner how these conditions may have affected the formation and distribution of natural resources. If you like challenge and variety, geology may be the field for you!

Degree programs

Among the degree plans available:

Geosciences at UT Dallas

The Bachelor of Science degree is intended for students who want to "get their hands dirty" and be practitioners of geology. Students generally will continue their studies in geosciences or closely related programs in graduate schools and attain a master's or doctorate 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 knowledge within the University and the general community.

Fast track program

The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include master's level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. The hours required to complete the master's degree is reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed.

  • Updated: December 19, 2013