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2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog
Texas Tech University
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geosciences: Concentration in Geology with a Composite Minor, B.S.


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About the Geosciences Bachelor's Program


Major in Geosciences

The undergraduate program offers a 120-credit-hour major in geosciences with a concentration in geology or geophysics. Students are required to earn at least a C in the major, minor, and adjunct courses. Successful completion of adjunct courses with a C or better is required before upper-division geoscience courses may be taken. Field work is a requirement for the B.S. degree. If this is a concern, the B.A. should be considered. However, the B.A. degree also requires field work that may be strenuous.

Geology Concentration (B.S. or B.A.). This concentration offers students the choice of either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Bachelor of Science — The geology concentration for the B.S. degree is designed to prepare the student for admission to a graduate program in geology and employment as a professional geologist. Each student must complete a senior research project (GEOL 4312 ) as part of the degree requirements. The minor must be in a field of science, mathematics, engineering, or an approved composite of courses from these fields. A well-prepared student should be able to complete the B.S. in Geosciences with a geology concentration with a minimum of 40 hours in geosciences, 18 hours in the minor, and 24 hours in mathematics and physical sciences. For other students, leveling courses may be required. The residency requirement for the major is 12 hours; for the minor, 6 hours.

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 15

Second Year


Fall


Total: 14

Spring


Total: 16

Third Year


Fall


Total: 14

Spring


Total: 15

Summer I


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 13

Spring


Total: 15

Total Hours: 120


Adequate training in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry is a prerequisite for calculus. The student must take the Mathematics Placement Examination.

Physics


Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.

Minor


Minor coursework must be in mathematics, sciences, engineering, or a composite of these fields. Typically 8 hours from adjunct requirements will apply toward the 18-hour minor.

English Literature


Students have the option of choosing an English literature course that also fulfills the 3-hour Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.

Multicultural Requirement


Select from Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements . Students have the option of choosing a Creative Arts or a Social and Behavioral Sciences course that also satisfies the multicultural requirement.

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