Majors & Minors

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Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

The Bachelor of Arts in Geology provides a foundation in geology for students who are not planning a career as a geologist. This program provides a basis for science-related careers, such as environmental law, pre-college teaching, science journalism, and resource management and marketing. Graduates will supplement their curriculum in geology with a minor designed around their career goals. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in one discipline, to be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

The B.A. program has less rigorous mathematics and physics requirements and less comprehensive geology requirements than the B.S. in Geology; therefore, the B.S. is the more appropriate option for students considering graduate study in geology.

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Bachelor of Science in Geology

The B.S. in Geology is considered the preparatory degree in the field of geology. Graduates will be prepared for careers in the energy and environmental industries, and for advanced study at top-ranked graduate programs. The first two years of the B.S. program in Geology provide students with the basics of geology and geophysics and the allied fields of chemistry, physics and mathematics. The junior and senior years involve more advanced study in the field of geology and the opportunity to concentrate study in specific disciplines through the selection of technical and geology electives.

The B.S. is the appropriate degree for students intending to pursue graduate study in geology. Students desiring employment in industry are encouraged to pursue an M.S. degree. Students planning a research or university teaching career should pursue a Ph.D. degree. Particular selections of elective can be used to refine the degree.

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Bachelor of Science in Geophysics

The first two years of the B.S. in Geophysics are similar to the B.S. in Geology, providing students with the fundamentals of geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. Courses in geophysics during the junior and senior years emphasize knowledge transfer from the fields of math and physics to techniques and problems in both theoretical and applied geophysics. Technical electives allow students to focus on specific career objectives. The Environmental and Petroleum tracks prepare students for the most common career paths for geophysicists.

Whereas graduates from the Geophysics program will have employment opportunities in industry, the rigor of this degree is designed to prepare students for advanced study. The M.S. degree is generally considered to be the entry degree for professionals in the petroleum industry. Students interested in teaching in a university or research in an academic, government or industrial laboratory should seek the Ph.D.

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5-Year Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Geology and Master of Ocean Science and Technology, 5-Year Degree Program

The Fast Track Program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in the Department of Geology and Geophysics Geology Program and the Oceanography non-thesis Master's degree in 5 years. There will be only two courses used for dual credit in this program. There is a total of 150 hours of coursework. The concurrent degree program will enable these motivated students to coordinate the required B.A. coursework (114 undergraduate credit hours plus 6 dual credit graduate courses) and non-thesis Mater's coursework (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate courses) to complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work and within 5 years.

Application and Eligibility:

  • Applications to the Fast Track program will be submitted by July 1 after the completion of the student’s junior year. Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPR of 3.0. Applicants must also earn a C or better in all Chemistry, Calculus and Physics courses. Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPR.
  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student. Students may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.
  • Students admitted into the Fast Track program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. These students will be conferred with two degrees once they complete the 5th year of the concurrent program.
  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 102 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).
  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the Fast Track Program will complete the 120 hour Bachelor’s degree under the standard 4 year curriculum. These students may still apply to the traditional graduate program.
  • Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year in the Fast Track Program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Students will complete the coursework in May of the 5th year.

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Bachelor of Science in Geology and Master of Ocean Science Technology, 5-Year Degree Program

The Fast Track Program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the Department of Geology and Geophysics Geology Program and the Oceanography non-thesis Master's degree in 5 years. There will be only two courses used for dual credit in this program. There is a total of 150 hours of coursework. The concurrent degree program will enable these motivated students to coordinate the required B.S. coursework (114 undergraduate credit hours plus 6 dual credit graduate courses) and non-thesis Master's coursework (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate courses) to complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work and within 5 years.

Application and Eligibility

  • Applications to the Fast Track program will be submitted by July 1 after the completion of the student’s junior year. Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPR of 3.0. Applicants must also earn a C or better in all Chemistry, Calculus and Physics courses. Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPR.
  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student. Students may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.
  • Students admitted into the Fast Track program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. These students will be conferred with two degrees once they complete the 5th year of the concurrent program.
  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 96 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).
  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the Fast Track Program will complete the 120 hour Bachelor’s degree under the standard 4 year curriculum. These students may still apply to the traditional graduate program.
  • Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year in the Fast Track Program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Students will complete the coursework in May of the 5th year.

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Undergraduate Minors

Geology Minor

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Geophysics Minor

TAMU Catalog for Minor in Geophysics