Initial Publication Date: May 29, 2015

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.

Degree Programs

  • 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

Additional Information