Geoscience at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Overview and Context
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) had its origins as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, so it has a long history of offering Geology courses and degrees. Between the degrees in Geological Sciences and Environmental Science, there are approximately 150 students enrolled (in 2012). Enrollment has doubled in the last three to four years. The department's student population mirrors the community. About 80% of the population is Hispanic. About 90% of the student body, at the undergraduate level especially, come from El Paso County. About 60% are the first in their family to go to college.
- B.S. in Geological Sciences
- B.S. in Geological Sciences with Teaching Option
- B.S. in Environmental Science - Geoscience Option
- B.S. in Environmental Science - Secondary Education Minor
Supporting Minority Students in the Geosciences
Supporting Minority Students at UTEP involves getting undergraduates involved in research, focusing on local issues, and understanding how to market the geosciences to a mostly hispanic student population among other issues.
Teacher Preparation Programs
Participation in Interdisciplinary Programs
Serving the Campus Community
- The Challenge and Reward of Teaching Geological Engineering on the Border
Essay by Diane Doser for the 2013 workshop Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences
- UTEP-El Paso Community College Activities, an essay by Diane Doser from the 2012 workshop on Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Geoscience Degrees and Careers, from the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges project.
- Strengths and Weaknesses of the UTEP Department of Geological Sciences, an essay by Diane Doser from the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geosciences Department, from the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project.
- Building Community at a Commuter Campus, an essay by Diane Doser from the 2005 workshop on Developing Pathways to Strong Departments for the Future, from the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project.
- Course profile: Geoscience Processes