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2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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About the Geosciences Program

The undergraduate program offers a 120-hour major in geosciences with a concentration in geology, geophysics and environmental geology. Students are required to earn at least a C in all 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. Capacity in upper-division GEOL, GPH and GCH courses may be capped due to limited departmental resources. The residency requirement for the major is 12 hours.

Communication Literacy Plan. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy (CL) requirement in their program(s) of study.

Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the CL requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.

Geoscience graduates are expected to be able to communicate with their peers and with the general public in a variety of ways. In particular, they should be capable of written communication in a scientific format, oral communication, both to peers and to informed laypersons, and illustration of data and concepts through various graphical formats. Courses in the CL Plan for the B.S. in Geosciences and B.A. in Geosciences in all concentrations are GEOL 3401 , GEOL 3402 , GEOL 4101 , and GEOL 4312 .

About the B.S. in Geosciences

Students pursuing a B.S. in Geoscience are required to maintain a TTU GPA of 2.5 to remain in the program. Students earning a cumulative TTU GPA less than 2.5 will be given a one-semester probationary period allowing them to raise  their GPA. Internal transfers are required to have a TTU GPA of 2.5 to declare into the B.S. in Geosciences program. 


Geology Concentration

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 46 hours in geosciences, 18 hours in the minor, and 24 hours in mathematics and physical sciences. For other students, leveling courses may be required.Only one of GEOL 3328  or GEOL 4306  may be counted in the major elective requirements.


Recommended Curriculum

First Year


Total: 16

Total: 15

Second Year


Total: 14


Total: 15

Third Year


Total: 13


Total: 15

Summer I

Total: 3

Fourth Year


  • Geosciences  Electives (Jr/Sr) 6 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor (Jr/Sr) 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hour
Total: 14


Total: 15

Total Hours: 120

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


Foreign Language

A student must complete 3 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 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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