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Department of Physics and Geosciences
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Geosciences Program

Program Overview

Introduction

Geologists and hydrologists study the composition, structure and other physical aspects of the Earth as well as the Earth’s geologic past and present by using sophisticated instruments to analyze the composition of rocks and fluids. Many geoscientists search for natural resources, such as groundwater, petroleum, minerals and metals. Others work closely with environmental scientists to preserve and clean up the environment.

Curriculum

The ASU Geosciences program includes a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and a minor in Earth Science. Because the primary entry-level degree in the Geosciences is a master’s degree, our primary educational objective is to prepare students for graduate study in geology, geophysics, engineering, environmental science and hydrology. This program emphasizes teaching fundamental field geology-based skills and analytical problem-solving techniques.

Full-time faculty expertise and research interests are in traditional core areas of geology, including:

  • Structural geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry 

Part-time geology faculty bring additional expertise in hydrology, planetary geology, geographic information science, astronomy and science education.  

The Geosciences bachelor’s degree plan is interdisciplinary: students minor in a complementary field, such as physics, range and wildlife management, computer science, ecology and evolutionary biology, chemistry or mathematics. Students also take coursework in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Prior to graduation, students will be prepared to take the national Fundamentals of Geology Exam as part of Professional Geologist certification.  

Most students will complete an undergraduate research project.  The San Angelo office of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) supervises several research projects and helps to teach several courses. The curriculum is coordinated with the Texas Tech University Department of Geosciences, a nationally respected master’s degree and Ph.D. granting department.

Employment

Employment growth of 18 percent is expected for geoscientists and hydrologists between 2008 and 2018, which is larger than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The average entry-level salary of 2008 M.S. graduates in oil industry positions was $86,600, a 35-percent increase in three years, according to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Bachelor of Science

(Geosciences Major – 120 semester hours)

Academic Major
  Hours
Geology 1401, 1402 8
Geology 3102, 3302, 3371, 3400, 3411, 3600, 4402 25
Geology 3303, 4304 3
Geology 3304, 4303, 4391 3
Geology 3310, 4300 3

 

Other Requirements
Courses Hours
Chemistry 1411, 1412 8
Communication 2301 3
Computational and Applied Math 1351,
Mathematics 1302, 1351
3

Creative Arts:
Art 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, Honors 2302,
Music 1341, 1342, 1351, 1376, 
Theatre 1311

3
English 1301, 1302 6

English 3351

3

General Studies 1181

1
History 1301, 1302 6
Language, Philosophy, and Culture:
English 2323, 2324, 2325, 2329,
Philosophy 2301, 2311
3
Mathematics 2331*, 2332, 3333 9
Physics 1441 4
Physics 2442, Biology 1480 4
Political Science 2301, 2302 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Agricultural Economics 1331,
Economics 1300,  2301, 2302,
Geography 2305, Psychology 1301, 2301, Sociology 1303, 2301
3
Minor**
(Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics is recommended. Some minors will increase the total number of hours to graduate beyond 120.)
18

The above plan meets all core curriculum and general Bachelor of Science degree requirements. The degree requires a minimum of 120 hours with a minimum of 42 advanced hours.

*The student is expected to have completed two years of high school algebra, one-half year of high school trigonometry and a pre-calculus course. If not, the student will be advised whether Mathematics 1360 should be completed before enrollment in Mathematics 2331.

**Students may select single or multiple area minors from any of those listed for a Bachelor of Science degree at Angelo State University. Students must complete 18 SCH in a single area minor with six advanced hours in residence. Each discipline in a multiple area minor requires a minimum of nine hours with six advanced hours in residence. The Department of Physics and Geosciences must advise students on minor requirements. The following minor areas for the Geoscience degree are recommended: Chemistry, English, or Mathematics. If a student chooses a different minor, then this degree may exceed 120 semester credit hours.

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Geology Program