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8. John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences

Eric Barron, PhD
Dean
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General Information

As civilization enters an era of increasing challenge, it is imperative that leaders, professionals, and citizens be well educated, competently and realistically able to address issues of local to global scope. With regard to the origin, history, structure, and processes of the planet Earth, and the use and management of its resources, the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences aims to provide such an education. The objective of every natural science, including geological sciences, is to understand the realm of physical nature. Geological sciences, or geosciences, is a synthetic subject that examines the Earth through such traditional subdisciplines as geophysics, hydrogeology, paleontology, petrology, stratigraphy, and structural geology. Geoscientists also draw upon discoveries from mathematics, geography, archaeology, engineering, and the other sciences to meld an approach that is interdisciplinary, yet uniquely geological.

The need for well-educated geoscientists in industry, government, and education promises a bright future for geoscience professionals in the coming decades. As the human population expands, it is essential to develop sufficient resources and to maintain a livable environment. Geoscientists understand the dynamics of the Earth and its systems—the occurrence of natural resources and the diverse time scales of natural and human-induced change.

The Jackson School offers the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, and, in partnership with the College of Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology. [1] Whichever degree they pursue, geological sciences students must take courses in the Jackson School, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts. These units work together to meet students' individual needs and to ensure that they receive a superior education.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences (BAGeoSci) must complete courses in the natural sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. This diversity of subjects provides an opportunity to learn about basic differences in outlook among different disciplines, the ways questions are raised and answered, and the ways the answers are validated and made relevant in practical use. The requirements of this degree are given in this chapter in the section "Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences." Another option for outstanding students interested in geology is the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, offered by the College of Liberal Arts. This broad liberal arts honors program emphasizes the humanities but also permits a concentration in science that is equivalent to a major. The BA, Plan II, is described in chapter 10.

A plan of study for the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (BSGeoSci) includes courses required by the University, required and elective courses in geological sciences (preceded by their prerequisite courses), and a cluster of courses in other fields that serves as a minor. Taken together, these courses make up an option, a degree plan with a particular concentration or emphasis. Thus, individuals may develop intellectually challenging yet quite different plans of study according to their personal interests and goals. The requirements of the BSGeoSci are given in this chapter in the section "Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences."

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology (BSGEH) is designed to teach students the geological and engineering principles needed to solve subsurface resource development and environmental problems. This degree is described in this chapter in the section "Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology."

Every university seeks to enrich the education of its student body generally. Study of geosciences enhances a liberal arts or arts and sciences education. Geosciences uses experiments and observations to explore origins and processes, whether of the Earth itself, of geologic phenomena, or of the history of life. It operates in the conventional three dimensions of space and in the fourth dimension of deep geologic time. Both in the laboratory and in the field, it examines the Earth on all scales, from atomic nuclei, to a hand sample of rock, to an entire landscape, to continents and oceans, to the planet as a whole.

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Jackson School Academic Programs

The University and the Jackson School offer the following programs to supplement the degree plans mentioned above.

Undergraduate Research

The University offers an opportunity for undergraduates to participate in state-of-the-art research, for University credit, with eminent scientists. If qualified, the student may also earn special departmental honors for exceptional research and may receive recognition through participation in the annual Undergraduate Poster Session sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences or the Bridging Disciplines Program of Connexus. Additional information about undergraduate research is available from the Undergraduate Advising Office.

UTeach-Natural Sciences

The Jackson School participates in UTeach-Natural Sciences, an innovative teacher preparation program offered by the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Education that enables students to prepare within four years for certification to teach mathematics, science, or computer science in middle grades or high school. (Students who are interested in teaching early childhood through grade four should contact the College of Education for information about preparation and certification.)

The UTeach-Natural Sciences program invites students to explore their interest in teaching as early as the freshman year under the mentorship of some of Texas' most respected secondary school mathematics and science teachers. Early involvement in the UTeach program is a quick and efficient way for students to learn whether they are suited for the teaching profession. However, students may apply at any time during their undergraduate careers. Applicants must meet minimum grade point average requirements.

UTeach-Natural Sciences prepares the student for single-field certification in mathematics or computer sciences, or for composite certification in which biology, chemistry, geological sciences, or physics is the primary teaching field. A description of the UTeach-Natural Sciences curriculum is given in chapter 11; more information is available at the UTeach-Natural Sciences Office. In the Jackson School, the BSGeoSci, option IV (teaching), prepares students to seek teacher certification.

Concentrations

Within the requirements for the degree, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences may also complete a concentration in cultural studies or science, technology, and society. These concentrations, administered by the College of Liberal Arts, are described in chapter 10. All Jackson School students may pursue a concentration in actuarial studies, administered by the Department of Mathematics and described in chapter 11.

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Financial Assistance

Through the Geology Foundation, the Jackson School makes available to its students a number of scholarship funds established by individuals, foundations, and industrial or research organizations. Scholarships are awarded entirely on the basis of academic performance and standing. Grants may be awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, without regard to grade point average. Information is available from the Undergraduate Advising Office. The Geology Foundation also offers a student loan program, and students may seek additional assistance through the University's Office of Student Financial Services.

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Career Services

The Jackson School offers career planning and job placement assistance for students and alumni. The Career Services staff offers interview tips and can help with career planning, résumé writing, job search techniques, and business and professional etiquette.

Career Services also helps graduates and students about to graduate seek full-time or part-time jobs and internships. The staff posts job opportunities throughout the year and hosts recruiters who offer on-campus interviews for three or four weeks twice a year. During the interview periods, companies sponsor information sessions on campus. The Career Services office also offers résumé referral for students and employers. The College of Natural Sciences Career Expo, which brings students and employers together every September, provides another forum for geosciences students to learn about different career opportunities.

Career services for students who plan to teach are provided by Education Career Services in the College of Education and by UTeach-Natural Sciences.

Career Services and the Undergraduate Advising Office can help students choose majors or careers, find internships, and plan for employment or graduate study. However, the University makes no guarantee to secure employment for each graduate.

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Admission and Registration

Admission

Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Students admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove the deficiencies as prescribed in General Information.

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Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Advising Office and faculty members advise students in the Jackson School, including those not seeking a degree in geological sciences and those who have not yet selected a major.

Academic advising begins after the twelfth class day in the fall and spring semesters and after the fourth class day in the summer session. Students are encouraged to meet with an adviser as early as possible, because procrastination may prevent their timely registration.

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Registration

General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transferring from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration for each semester and summer session, contains registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are available on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site. General Information is also sold at campus-area bookstores.

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Academic Policies and Procedures

Repetition of a Course

A student may not enroll in any course in the Jackson School more than twice, even if the course is needed to meet degree requirements, without first obtaining written consent in the Undergraduate Advising Office. The symbol Q or W counts as an enrollment unless it has been approved by the Undergraduate Advising Office for nonacademic reasons.

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Honors

University-wide honors are described in chapter 1 and in General Information. Students who meet the following requirements may also graduate with departmental honors.

Departmental Honors Program

The Jackson School offers a departmental honors program to its majors. Minimum requirements for the completion of this program are (1) a cumulative University grade point average of at least 3.00, and a grade point average in geological sciences of at least 3.50; (2) completion of Geological Sciences 171H, 172H, and 173H with a grade of at least B in each; (3) completion of Geological Sciences 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. The statement "Special Honors in Geological Sciences" appears on the transcript of each student certified as having completed the honors program.

Students who wish to participate in the program should apply to the departmental honors adviser when they have completed sixty semester hours of coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences.

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Graduation

Special Requirements of the Jackson School

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 of this catalog. Students in the Jackson School must also fulfill the following requirements.

  1. The University requires that the student complete in residence at least sixty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. For the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences, these sixty hours must include at least eighteen hours in geological sciences.
  2. The University requires that at least six semester hours of advanced coursework in the major be completed in residence. Options I, II, and III of the BSGeoSci require at least eighteen hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences to be completed in residence; option IV requires at least twelve hours.
  3. An Air Force, Army, or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) student who elects the basic and/or advanced program in air force science, military science, or naval science will not be approved for graduation until the student's government contract is completed or the student is released from the ROTC.
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Correspondence and Extension Courses

Resident students must have the approval of the undergraduate adviser before they take courses simultaneously by correspondence or extension at the University or at another school or in residence at another school. Credit that is not approved in advance will not be counted toward the student's degree. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree offered in the Jackson School may be earned by correspondence.

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Applying for a Degree

An electronic degree audit is created for each student each semester; the student should view the audit through IDA, the University's Interactive Degree Audit system. The degree audit tells the student the courses he or she must take and the requirements he or she must fulfill to receive the degree. Although the degree audit normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, the student is responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements of the degree as stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate. (Rules on graduation under a particular catalog are given in chapter 1.) If in doubt about any requirement, the student should seek an official ruling in the Undergraduate Advising Office before registering.

In the semester or summer session in which the degree is to be conferred, the candidate must be registered at the University and must file a graduation application form in the Undergraduate Advising Office. This should be done during the first week of classes, if possible, and certainly no later than the deadline published in the academic calendar. No degree will be conferred unless the graduation application form has been filed on time.

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Degrees

Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses and Kinesiology 119 may not be counted toward a degree in the Jackson School. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.

ROTC Courses

The Departments of Air Force Science, Military Science, and Naval Science maintain ROTC units on campus. For information about each program, consult the chair of the department concerned.

Nine semester hours of coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science may be counted toward any degree in the Jackson School. Such credit may be used only as electives and/or to fulfill the substantial writing component requirement, and only by students who are commissioned by the University ROTC program.

Bible Courses

No more than twelve semester hours of Bible courses may be counted toward a degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences [2]

The Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences (BAGeoSci) is a classical arts and sciences degree with a strong component of liberal arts courses and a nearly equal number of courses in geological sciences, other sciences, and mathematics. Because of its breadth, the BAGeoSci is not normally considered a professional degree for a working geologist, but it is appropriate preparation for fields with a substantial geology component, such as resource management, environmental law, and certain types of business. The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences are designed to give each student flexibility in the selection of courses to meet individual needs.

A total of 120 semester hours is required for the degree. Of the 120 hours, thirty-six must be in upper-division courses. At least sixty hours, including eighteen hours of upper-division coursework, and at least twenty-four of the last thirty hours, must be completed in residence at the University. As long as these residence rules are met, credit may be earned by examination, by extension, by correspondence (up to 30 percent of the semester hours required for the degree) or, with the approval of the dean, by work transferred from another institution.

The coursework counted toward the degree may include no more than thirty-six hours in any one subject in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences; and no more than thirty-six hours in any other single college or school of the University, including the Jackson School.

No coursework to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Three categories of work must be completed: prescribed work, major and minor requirements, and electives. In addition, the student must fulfill the University requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 and the requirements of the Jackson School given in this chapter in the section "Special Requirements of the Jackson School."

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Prescribed Work

The prescribed work is divided into four areas: A, language and literature; B, social sciences; C, natural sciences; and D, general culture. Together these courses make up about half of the degree program.

A course taken to meet the requirements of one area may not also be used to fulfill the requirements of another area. The only exception to this rule is that a course taken to fulfill the Area A foreign language requirement or the Area B, C, or D requirement may also be counted toward the writing requirement in Area A if the course is certified as having a substantial writing component.

Area A, Language and Literature

English composition and literature: Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K.

Writing: In addition to Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of semester hours required for the degree. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other area requirements or major and minor requirements. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

Foreign language: Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language.

The foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency rather than the completion of a specified number of hours. Students may accelerate their progress at any point in the sequence by means of credit by examination.

To achieve proficiency in a foreign language as rapidly as possible, qualified students are urged to take advantage of intensive foreign language courses. Information is available in the appropriate language department. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.

Area B, Social Sciences

Eighteen semester hours are required, distributed among at least four of the fields of study listed below.

  1. Six semester hours in each of the following fields of study:
    1. American government, including Texas government
    2. American history
  2. Three semester hours each from any two of the following fields of study:
    1. Anthropology
    2. Economics
    3. Geography
    4. Linguistics
    5. Psychology
    6. Sociology
Area C, Natural Sciences

Each student must have credit for three semester hours in a course offered by the University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics, excluding Mathematics 301, 316K, and 316L. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

Fifteen additional semester hours are required, with no more than nine in any one department, from the fields of study listed below. No more than nine hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined may be included in these fifteen hours. Nine of these fifteen hours must be taken in courses in the College of Natural Sciences, items 1 through 9 below, with at least six hours taken in one subject from items 1 through 7; these nine hours may include no more than three hours of mathematics or computer sciences. The remaining six hours may be chosen from courses in the natural sciences listed below or from approved alternative courses in subjects 10 through 15; a list of approved courses is available in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Of these six hours, a maximum of three hours in courses in either the history of science or the philosophy of science may be used.

  1. Astronomy
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Marine science
  5. Nutrition
  6. Physical science
  7. Physics
  8. Mathematics
  9. Computer sciences
  10. Experimental psychology
  11. Physical anthropology
  12. Physical geography
  13. Philosophy (courses in logic)
  14. History of science and philosophy of science
  15. Other science courses approved by the dean

Students, counselors, and advisers are urged to make careful selection of Area C courses in order to develop a meaningful pattern and a coherent sequence.

Area D, General Culture

Six semester hours from the areas listed below. Three of these six hours must be chosen from subarea 1, 2, 3, or 4 (excluding courses in logic).

A student who uses Greek or Latin to meet the Area A foreign language requirement may use additional coursework in the same language to meet the Area D requirement, but only courses beyond the fourth semester proficiency level may be used.

  1. Architecture
  2. Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, Latin
  3. Fine arts, including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies
  4. Philosophy
  5. Approved interdisciplinary courses including, but not restricted to, those in programs of special concentration cutting across specific departments, schools, or colleges. Lists of approved courses are available in the Undergraduate Advising Office.
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The Major and Minor

With the exception of courses that fulfill the Area A writing requirement, a course taken to fulfill the requirements under Prescribed Work above may not also be counted toward fulfillment of the major and minor requirements.

Residence requirements for the major. At least eighteen semester hours of coursework in geological sciences, including six hours of upper-division coursework, must be completed in residence at the University.

Course requirements for the major. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K, 422K, 428, and enough additional upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of thirty-two semester hours; six semester hours in biology; Chemistry 301 and 302; and three semester hours in physics.

Minor. Twelve semester hours, of which at least six must be in upper-division coursework, in any one of the following disciplines: anthropology, astronomy, biology, business, computer sciences, chemistry, education, engineering, geography, mathematics, and physics. Other disciplines may be chosen with written approval of the undergraduate adviser.

Electives

In addition to the prescribed work and the major and minor, the student must take enough elective coursework to complete the 120 semester hours required for the degree. These 120 hours may include no more than twelve semester hours of Bible and no more than nine hours of air force science, military science, or naval science.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

The student must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken at the University of Texas at Austin (including credit by examination, correspondence, and extension) for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded. In addition, the student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in geological sciences courses taken at the University and counted toward the major requirement.

The student must earn a grade of at least C in each semester of each course used to fulfill any of the requirements for the degree.

For more information about grades and the grade point average, see General Information.

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Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences serves as a professional degree for students planning careers as geologists, geophysicists, or teachers, as well as for those planning to pursue graduate work in the geosciences or a profession such as law or business. Careers are available in the petroleum and related energy industries, resource evaluation, mineral exploration, geologic hazard monitoring, environmental control and reclamation, building foundation evaluation, groundwater contamination studies, soil testing, regional planning, watershed management, climate modeling, and college or secondary school teaching. Graduates may also work in state or federal agencies, in universities or museums, with consulting firms, or with service companies to the energy and mineral industries.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree must choose one of four options—I, general geology; II, geophysics; III, hydrogeology/environmental geology; or IV, teaching.

Prescribed Work Common to All Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of semester hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 or the equivalent is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student's score on the appropriate language placement test. Students in the teaching option (option IV) are exempt from this requirement.
          For students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of semester hours required for the degree.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Three semester hours of coursework in economics, upper-division coursework in anthropology, or upper-division coursework in geography.
  6. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  7. Thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be completed in residence at the University. For students in options I, II, and III, at least eighteen of these hours must be in geological sciences; for students in option IV, at least twelve hours must be in geological sciences. For all students, at least twelve of the thirty-six hours must be outside geological sciences.
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Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: General Geology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of semester hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
  2. Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N.
  3. Six semester hours of biology. Biology 311C and 311D are suggested.
  4. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
  5. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K, 422K, 426P, 428, 346C, 660 (completed in residence), 468K, and enough additional approved upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of forty-nine semester hours.
  6. Nine semester hours chosen from a list of approved courses in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, astronomy, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer sciences, engineering mechanics, geography, marine science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, petroleum and geosystems engineering, and physics. Geological Sciences 325K may also be counted toward requirement 13.
          This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same field of study, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not on the list of approved courses will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option II: Geophysics

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; 427K; and 427L. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of semester hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
  2. Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, and 116L.
  3. Computer Sciences 303E.
  4. Chemistry 301 and 302.
  5. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, 325K, 428, 354, 660 (completed in residence) or 679G, 465K, and six additional semester hours of approved upper-division coursework in geological sciences. Geological Sciences 365N is recommended.
  6. Nine semester hours chosen from a list of approved courses in aerospace engineering, astronomy, chemistry, civil engineering, computer sciences, electrical engineering, geography, mathematics, mechanical engineering, petroleum and geosystems engineering, and physics.
          This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same field of study, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not on the list of approved courses will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option III: Hydrogeology/Environmental Geology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; and 427K. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of semester hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
  2. Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
  4. Biology 311C.
  5. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, 428, 346C, 476K, and 476M. Also required is one of the following: Geological Sciences 660A and 660B, or 376L and 660B, or 679J. The student must also complete six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences.
  6. Nine semester hours chosen from a list of approved courses in biology, chemistry, civil engineering, geography, marine science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and petroleum and geosystems engineering.
          This requirement is intended to function as an unspecified minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirement do not have to be taken in the same field of study, but they should form a self-reinforcing sequence related to geological sciences. Courses not on the list of approved courses will be considered upon petition to the undergraduate adviser.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option IV: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for composite science certification as a middle grades or secondary school teacher in Texas with geological sciences as the primary teaching field; however, completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. Composite certification requires twenty-four semester hours of coursework in the primary field, twelve hours in a second field, and six hours each in two additional fields.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, the student must have a cumulative University grade point average of at least 2.50 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review. For information about the portfolio review and additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

  1. In place of requirement 2 above, either two years of high school coursework in a single foreign language or course 506 (or the equivalent) in a foreign language.
  2. To fulfill requirement 5 above, students in the teaching option may complete three semester hours of lower-division or upper-division coursework in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  3. Mathematics 408C. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of semester hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher, must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
  4. To fulfill requirement 6 above, students must complete History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
  5. Geological Sciences 401 or 303 or 312K, 404C or 405, 416K, 416M, 420K or 320L, 335, and enough additional upper-division coursework in geological sciences to make a total of at least twenty-eight semester hours.
  6. To meet the requirements of composite certification, the student must complete
    1. Biology 311C and 311D.
    2. Chemistry 301 and 302.
    3. Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N; or 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; or an equivalent sequence.
    4. Enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics to provide the required twelve semester hours in a second field.
  7. Biology 337 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach).
  8. Astronomy 303, 307, or 367M; and Marine Science 307.
  9. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.
  10. Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses, with a grade of at least C in each course: Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304; and Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects).
  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 128 semester hours.
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Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology

Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management of natural resources from the Earth's surface and subsurface, environmental restoration of subsurface sites, and other processes related to the earth sciences. This degree program, offered under a partnership between the College of Engineering and the Jackson School, is designed to teach students the geological and engineering principles needed to solve subsurface resource development and environmental problems. The curriculum includes a fundamental sequence of engineering and geological sciences courses in such areas as multiphase fluid flow, physical and chemical hydrology, heat and mass transfer, field methods, and engineering design. This interdisciplinary systems approach, combining engineering and geological sciences, is increasingly required to address complex real-world problems such as characterization and remediation of aquifers. The degree program is designed to prepare graduates for employment with environmental, water resource management, and energy companies in addition to many government agencies. Better-qualified graduates of the program may pursue graduate study in subsurface environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, geology, and related fields.

The objective of the degree program is to prepare graduates for successful careers in subsurface environmental engineering, oil and gas production and services, and similar fields. Graduates are expected to understand the fundamental principles of science and engineering behind the technology of geosystems engineering and hydrogeology, so that their education will not become outdated and so that they will be capable of self-instruction after graduation. They should also be prepared to serve society by applying the ideals of ethical behavior, professionalism, and environmentally responsible stewardship of natural resources.

Containing the following elements, the technical curriculum provides both breadth and depth in a range of topics:

  • A combination of college-level mathematics and basic sciences (some with experimental work) that includes mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, physics, chemistry, and geology.
  • Basic engineering and geologic topics that develop a working knowledge of fluid mechanics, strength of materials, transport phenomena, material properties, phase behavior, and thermodynamics.
  • Engineering and geosciences topics that develop competence in characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations and their resources using geoscientific and engineering methods, including field methods; design and analysis of systems for producing, injecting, and handling fluids; application of hydrogeologic and reservoir engineering principles and practices for water and energy resource development and management; contamination evaluation and remediation methods for hydrologic resources; and use of project economics and resource valuation methods for design and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.
  • A major capstone design experience that prepares students for engineering and hydrogeologic practice, based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and incorporating engineering and geological standards and realistic constraints.
  • A general education component that complements the technical content of the curriculum.
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Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in chapter 6.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the petroleum and geosystems engineering faculty and the geological sciences faculty before the student registers for them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in chapter 6.

Students must fulfill the foreign language requirement given in chapter 6. They must also remove any admission deficiencies in mathematics as described in General Information. A suggested arrangement of courses by semester is given in chapter 6.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology

Courses
Semester
hours
Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Geological Sciences 312K, 416K, 416M, 420K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 210, 312, 322K, 333T, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Writing 306 61
Major Sequence Courses
  Civil Engineering 357, Geological Sciences 428, 468K, 476K, 376L, 376S, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 323K, 323L, 323M, 424, 326, 365, 368, 373L 46
Other Required Courses
  English 316K 3
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
  Approved social science elective 3
MINIMUM REQUIRED 128

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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences
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