BS in Geology

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-International Study Centre, United States Ranked #18 in North America

bs-in-geology

Next enrollment cycle

June 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 15,210

Course Accredited By

ABET

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • up to 7% scholarship
The mission of the Geology Program is to provide integrated and process-oriented curricula, based on fundamental scientific principles and processes that enable graduates to pursue challenging careers and maintain lifelong learning.
The Geology Program is designed to serve students majoring in geology and environmental science as well as students in other fields who are interested in adding to their knowledge of the Earth. Support is also provided for students preparing to earn certification for teaching at the K-12 level, and interested non-science majors. Members of the geoscience faculty provide majors with a broad overview of geologic processes while offering the opportunity to pursue specialized knowledge in selected areas of geoscience in preparation for graduate study and careers in government, industry, or academia.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology by following the degree plan for geology majors as described below. Students considering certification for 4-8 level science teaching should consult the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE) section of this catalog.

Student learning outcomes
Students will:

show competence in scientific inquiry, writing, and oral presentation;
demonstrate a broad understanding of major concepts central to the geological sciences;
demonstrate competency and be able to apply field and laboratory methods, perform data analysis, and utilize computer applications relevant to the geological sciences;
be employable in geology-related fields, or able to continue their education in graduate programs;
be able to evaluate and critically discuss issues related to geology that impact society.

Enrollment Cycles

  • June 2022
  • August 2022

Entry requirements
Undergraduate
International Year (3 semesters) Intensive English Program (IEP) (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 45 overall
  • IELTS 4.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 38
  • Pearson Versant 41-42
  • Duolingo 65
  • Gao Kao English Not accepted
  • GPA: 2.00 for International Year
  • Up to 31 credits toward degree

International Year (3 semesters)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 50 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 42
  • Pearson Versant 43-47
  • Duolingo 75
  • GPA: 2.00 for International Year
  • Up to 28 credits toward degree

International Year (2 semesters)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 60 overall
  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 45
  • Pearson Versant 48-63
  • Duolingo 85
  • Gao Kao English Not Accepted
  • GPA: 2.00 for International Year
  • Up to 25 credits toward degree

International Year (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 79 overall
  • IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 58
  • Pearson Versant 64 or higher
  • Duolingo 95
  • Gao Kao English Not Accepted
  • GPA: 2.00 for International Year
  • Up to 15 credits toward degree

Direct Admission

  • TOEFL (iBT) 79 overall
  • IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) Not accepted
  • Pearson Versant Not accepted
  • Duolingo 105
  • Gao Kao English Not Accepted
  • GPA: 2.00 for International Year

Courses
GEOL 1303 Essentials of Geology 
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours) 
TCCNS: GEOL 1303 


GEOL 1403 Physical Geology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 
TCCNS: GEOL 1403 


GEOL 1404 Historical Geology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 or 1303.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 
TCCNS: GEOL 1404 


GEOL 2102 Undergraduate Seminar in Geology-Careers in the Geosciences 
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour) 


GEOL 2103 Undergraduate Seminar in Geology-Research in the Geosciences 
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour) 

GEOL 2222 Karst Geology and Paleoclimatology 
2 Semester Credit Hours (1 Lecture Hour, 2 Lab Hours) 

GEOL 2490 Selected Topics 
1-4 Semester Credit Hours (1-4 Lecture Hours, 6 Lab Hours) 

GEOL 3326 Introduction to Geological Field Methods 
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 and 1404 and (GEOL 3411 or 3411*).
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 

GEOL 3329 Geology of National Parks 
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303, 1403 or 1404.


GEOL 3411 Mineralogy 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 and CHEM 1411 and (CHEM 1412 or 1412*).
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 

GEOL 3414 IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403, CHEM 1411, 1412 and GEOL 3411.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 3441 Invertebrate Paleontology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1404.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 3442 Geomorphology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094.


GEOL 3443 Environmental Geology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 3490 Selected Topics 
1-4 Semester Credit Hours (1-4 Lecture Hours) 
GEOL 4050 Geology Field Safety Seminar 
0 Semester Credit Hours 

GEOL 4311 Paleoclimatology 
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1404 and 3441.


GEOL 4316 Marine Geoscience 
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403, 1404, CHEM 1411 and 1412.


GEOL 4321 Introduction to Soil and Groundwater Restoration 
Prerequisite: (GEOL 1403, CHEM 1411, 1412 and GEOL 3443).


GEOL 4326 Field Seminar in Geology 
3 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 4411 and 4421.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 4411 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: (GEOL 1403) and (GEOL 1404) and (GEOL 3411*).
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 

GEOL 4415 Economic Geology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 and 3411.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 4416 Introduction to Geochemistry 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: CHEM 1411, 1412, MATH 2413 and GEOL 3411.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094.

 
GEOL 4421 Structural Geology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 3411 and MATH 2413 and (PHYS 1401 or 2425).
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 4422 Geophysics 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: (GEOL 4421, PHYS 1401 or 2425) and (PHYS 1402 or 2426) and (MATH 2413).


GEOL 4423 Seismic Methods 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 4322.


GEOL 4424 Environmental and Engineering Geophysics 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: (PHYS 1401 or 2425) and (PHYS 1402 or 2426) and (MATH 2413).


GEOL 4430 Internship in Geology 
1-4 Semester Credit Hours 


GEOL 4436 Introduction to Petroleum Geology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 2 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 4411 or 4411*.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 

GEOL 4444 Hydrogeology 
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours) 


Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 and MATH 2413 and (PHYS 1401 or 2425).
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 


GEOL 4490 Selected Topics 
4 Semester Credit Hours (1-4 Lecture Hours, 1-4 Lab Hours) 


GEOL 4496 Directed Independent Study 
1-4 Semester Credit Hours 

GEOL 4649 Karst of the Yucatan Peninsula 
6 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours) 
Prerequisite: (GEOL 1403 and 4411) or GEOL 4444, 4416 or 4311.


GEOL 4650 Field Geology 
6 Semester Credit Hours (12 Lab Hours) 
Prerequisite: GEOL 3326, 3414, 3441, 4411 and 4421.
Co-requisite: SMTE 0094. 
 

Undergraduate

 Program Intensive English Program (1 semester) International Year (3 semesters) $31141

 International Year (3 semesters) $23738

 International Year (2 semesters) $15826

 International Year (1 semester) $7913 

Direct Admit (2 semesters 12 credits each) $15210 (varies by program)

 Estimated Room & Board $15,029 - $20,004

 Undergraduate Direct Admission Scholarship 

Scholarship Available - Upto $4,000 

*Direct admission scholarship is available in each year

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