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Geological sciences is a major offered in the Jackson School of Geosciences. As a discipline, 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 math, geography, archaeology, engineering and other sciences to meld an approach that is interdisciplinary, et uniquely geological. Geosciences is not just the study of rocks, but rather a whole lot more.

As a career, geologists work in the field, the lab, and with computers to seek a greater understanding of Earth. Geoscientists help protect the planet by studying it, learning from it, and predicting what the future will bring. They perform environmental assessments and study global environmental systems. They locate water, mineral, and energy resources. They predict geological disasters. And they offer advice on major development projects. As a geoscientist, you can make a huge impact on the world around you.

For more in-depth information regarding the Jackson School of Geosciences undergraduate program, view the brochure.

Declare This Major

Current UT students must apply as an internal transfer to the Jackson School of Geosciences. For more information, view the minimum application requirements and internal transfer application. The internal transfer application is available online beginning the first week of the Spring semester. Applications are only accepted during the Spring for admission the upcoming Fall. This means that we only admit new or transfer students for Fall only. Students are encouraged to attend an internal transfer information session.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses visit the Geosciences degree plans, which can be viewed by major. Students may also view current Geosciences courses being offered and information on Geology field camps and trips.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences
  • Geological Sciences Honors Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, degree options:
    • General Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Hydrogeology
    • Environmental Science & Sustainability
    • Teaching


Students in the Jackson School of Geosciences love the outdoors and are naturally curious about the Earth and its natural processes. They have physical stamina for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and working in inclement weather. They love to travel and want to be active on a daily basis.

For insight into students at the Jackson School of Geosciences, read student views, where students describe their experience in the Jackson School. Also, learn more about the Undergraduate Geology Society.


View information on career opportunities for Geosciences graduates.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Proficiency in computer hardware, software and related applications
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Basic math and chemistry

A small sample of directly related careers

Environmental Scientist

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.