Geoscience Curriculum, University of Texas at El Paso
Overview and Context
Goals and Assessment
- instill core knowledge in the geosciences in non-major undergraduate students, including those seeking a degree that leads to teaching and the primary and secondary levels.
- equip geoscience major undergraduate students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for them to become successful professionals and leaders in the local to national arena.
- develop graduate students into professionals that can be employed in industry, academia, and government and have outstanding careers.
Central to this mission is an active research program that involves students at all levels and serves as a focal point for geoscience, environmental, and materials expertise for our region, the state of Texas, and beyond to national and international venues.
Courses and Sequencing
Entry into the program
- Physical/Historical Geology sequence
- Earth Sciences I/II sequence
Occasionally a student from engineering will enter with the Geology for Engineers course.
- Geoscience Processes
- Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (Prerequisite: Mineralogy)
- Structural Geology (Prerequisite: Geoscience Processes)
- Sedimentology (Prerequisite: Mineralogy)
ElectivesStudents are required to take 24 hours (at least 3 in geology) of electives, selected from the following list:
- Geology of El Paso
- Nuclear Waste Disposal
- Introduction to GIS
- Senior Thesis
- Exploration Geophysics: Seismic Methods
- Exploration Geophysics: Non-seismic Methods
- Introduction to Remote Sensing
- Weather and Climate
- Special Topics
Other required courses
- General Chemistry I and II + labs
- Calculus I and II
- Physics (Introductory Mechanics, Fields and Waves, Thermal and Fluid Physics)
- Two 3-credit courses in field geology serve as our capstone courses.