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Applied Geoscience

The major in applied geoscience is administered through the School of Geology, Energy & the Environment (SGEE) and is available as a BS degree. The advisors are Professors Johnson and Tamie Morgan. The degree combines geology, environmental science and geospatial technology. Students completing it will analyze, manage and map earth resources, water and groundwater resources, soils and sediment, pollution/contaminants and conservation efforts with an understanding of today’s environmental regulations. Students completing this degree will have the potential to pursue their Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT) license for the state of Texas and select from four different geoscience certificate options.

Applied Geoscience Major Requirements:

The BS with a major in applied geoscience requires 30 hours in geology and environmental sciences; 18 hours of science, engineering, math or computer science electives; and 17 hours of associated requirements.

Required Geology/Environmental Science courses: 30 hours

ENSC 10143 Contemporary Environmental Issues
ENSC 50703 Environmental Compliance
GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
GEOL 30423 Structural Geology
GEOL 30443 Earth Materials
ENSC 40193 Environmental Stewardship Seminar
GEOL 40393 Soils in the Environment
GEOL 50523 Geographic Information Systems
GEOL 50713 Environmental Geology or
GEOL 40493 Geomorphology or
ENSC/GEOL 30403 Field Methods
ENSC/GEOL 30363 Intro to Geospatial Technology

Approved electives: 18 additional semester hours of science, engineering, math or computer science electives selected with regard to the interest of the student as approved by the adviser.

Additional Associated Requirements: 17 hours

BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology or
BIOL 30613 Natural History
CHEM 10113 General Chemistry
MATH 10043 Elementary Statistics (or approved substitution)
MATH 10524 Calculus I
PHYS 10154 Physics I

The total hours required for the BS degree with a major in applied geoscience is 126 semester hours.

Details of the program are listed here.

As part of your undergraduate career, you may also choose to complete an internship (ENSC 40013) as a part of your curriculum. Please note that you are required to obtain permission from the undergraduate internship advisor prior to completing an internship, and you may be required to submit a proposal to the program outlining the goals and objectives of the proposed internship.  The SGEE has provided an example syllabus for this course for your convenience.