UT Dallas 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geosciences (BS)

Attaining greater understanding of past and present Earth processes is the fundamental goal of geosciences. To achieve this goal the geoscientist studies the minerals, rocks, fluids, and fossils of the Earth and investigates the physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring on and in the Earth.

Professional opportunities in geology exist in the environmental, energy, and mineral resources industries and in government agencies concerned with these fields. In addition, many occupations concerned with law, management, economics, and the environment utilize a background in geosciences.

Specific degree plans will be formulated by the undergraduate advisor in Geosciences. Changing circumstances may require changes to the degree plans.

The UTeach option may be added to the BS degree in Geosciences. UTeach Dallas Option degree plans are streamlined to allow students to complete both a rigorous Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and all coursework for middle or high school teacher certification in four years. Teaching Option degrees require deep content knowledge combined with courses grounded in the latest research on math and science education. While most graduates go on to classroom teaching, UTeach alums are also prepared to enter graduate school and to work in discipline related industry.

Faculty

Professors: Carlos L. V. Aiken, John F. Ferguson, John W. Geissman, William I. Manton, George A. McMechan, John S. Oldow, Robert J. Stern

Professors Emeritus: David E. Dunn, Richard M. Mitterer, Emile A. Pessagno Jr., Dean C. Presnall, Robert H. Rutford

Associate Professors: Thomas H. Brikowski

Associate Professor Emeritus: James L. Carter

Senior Lecturers: William R. Griffin, Ignacio Pujana

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 semester credit hours Communication Elective (GEOS 4390, GEOS 4399 or NATS 4310)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302)
6 semester credit hours American History
3 semester credit hours Social and Behavioral Science Elective

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours; 2 semester credit hours extra may be counted as free electives)

Calculus (MATH 2417 and MATH 2419)

Science (9 semester credit hours)

8 semester credit hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312 and CHEM 1112)
1 semester credit hour Geoscience (GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory)

II. Major Requirements: 58-64 semester credit hours

Major Preparatory Courses (20 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

Prerequisite courses to be completed before enrolling in upper-division GEOS courses.

GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory2
PHYS 2325 Mechanics
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
GEOS 1104 History of Earth and Life Laboratory
GEOS 1303 Physical Geology
GEOS 1304 History of Earth and Life
GEOS 2409 Rocks and Minerals

Major Core Courses (38-44 semester credit hours)

GEOS 2306 Geodesy and Geospatial Analysis
GEOS 3300 Field Geology I (Summer Field Camp I)
GEOS 3421 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
GEOS 3470 Structural Geology
GEOS 4300 Field Geology II (Summer Field Camp II)
GEOS 4320 The Physics and Chemistry of the Solid Earth

Geology Option (18-19 semester credit hours)

GEOS 3434 Paleobiology
GEOS 3464 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrography
GEOS 4322 The Earth System
GEOS 4430 Hydrogeology and Aqueous Geochemistry

A mathematics course selected from:

GEOS 5306 Data Analysis for Geoscientists (with permission)
MATH 2418 Linear Algebra
MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications
PHYS 3330 Numerical Methods in Physics and Computational Techniques

OR

Geophysics Option (24 semester credit hours)

MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications
MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications
PHYS 3330 Numerical Methods in Physics and Computational Techniques
MATH 4362 Partial Differential Equations
PHYS 3411 Theoretical Physics
PHYS 3312 Classical Mechanics
PHYS 3416 Electricity and Magnetism

III. Elective Requirements: 14-20 semester credit hours

Electives (6 semester credit hours)

All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.

Free Electives (8-14 semester credit hours)

Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as electives, but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to take GEOS graduate courses as free electives.

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences with UTeach Option

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 semester credit hours Communication Elective (NATS 4390)2

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302))
6 semester credit hours American History
3 semester credit hours Social and Behavioral Science Elective

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)

MATH 1325 and STAT 33322
or MATH 2413 and MATH 24142

Science (9 semester credit hours)

8 semester credit hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312 and CHEM 1112)2
1 semester credit hour Geoscience (GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory)2

II. Major Requirements: 55-59 semester credit hours

Major Core Courses (33 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

GEOS 1104 History of Earth and Life Laboratory
GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory2
GEOS 1303 Physical Geology
GEOS 1304 History of Earth and Life
GEOS 2306 Geodesy and Geospatial Analysis
GEOS 2409 Rocks and Minerals
GEOS 3421 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
GEOS 3434 Paleobiology
GEOS 3470 Structural Geology
GEOS 4320 Physics and Chemistry of the Solid Earth
GEOS 4430 Hydrogeology and Geochemistry

Composite Science and Mathematics Requirements (22 - 26 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I and STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences2
or MATH 2413 Differential Calculus and MATH 2414 Integral Calculus2
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I2
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II2
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II2
BIOL 2311 Introduction to Modern Biology I
BIOL 2111 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I
BIOL 2312 Introduction to Modern Biology II
BIOL 2112 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop II
2 approved upper-division biology electives (choose from BIOL 4324, BIOL 3350, BIOL 3351, BIOL 3455, and BIOL 3456)
PHYS 1301 College Physics I
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1302 College Physics II
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II

OR

PHYS 2325 Mechanics
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II

III. UTeach Requirements: 21 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum

NATS 1141 UTeach STEP 1
NATS 1143 UTeach STEP 2
NATS 3341 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
NATS 3343 Classroom Interactions
HIST 3328 History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
NATS 4390 Research Methods2
NATS 4341 Project-based Instruction
NATS 4694 UTeach Apprentice Teaching, 8-12 Science and Mathematics
or NATS 4696 UTeach Apprentice Teaching, 4-8 Science and Mathematics
NATS 4141 UTeach Apprentice Teaching Seminar

IV. Free Electives: (0-2 semester credit hours)

Students are required to take additional free electives (upper-division if necessary) if needed to reach 120 total degree semester credit hours or 51 upper-division semester credit hours.

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

The Fast-Track program allows students with strong academic records to take selected graduate courses that may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree and be used to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. Interested students who intend to pursue a master's degree in Geosciences may apply for a Fast Track baccalaureate/master's plan of study via the Geosciences graduate advisor. The planned coursework must be coordinated with the Geosciences undergraduate advisor; the Geosciences graduate advisor should also be notified. A maximum of 15 semester credit hours may be applied under this program.

Geosciences Minor

Students not majoring in Geosciences are encouraged to choose Geosciences as a minor.

Lower-division courses (8 semester credit hours):

GEOS 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory
GEOS 1104 History of Earth and Life Laboratory
GEOS 1303 Physical Geology
GEOS 1304 History of Earth and Life

Upper-division courses (12 semester credit hours)

To be selected in consultation with Geosciences Undergraduate advisor
  1. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
  2. A Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
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