Why Pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Geosciences
A degree in geoscience will set you on an exciting path with many employment opportunities in industry, government, or education. In addition to the oil & gas and mining industries, which employ many geoscientists, this degree prepares you equally well for a career in the environmental industry, engineering firms, water utility companies, state and local regulatory agencies, federal government agencies including the US Geological Survey, the National Parks Service, NASA, or being an educator at the K-12 or university level. Additionally, to advance into management in most environmental companies requires becoming a licensed Professional Geoscientist, which requires 30 hours of Geology classes. All students of the Geosciences program complete this prior to graduation.
What Do Geoscientists Do?
As the planet pivots to green energy, the need for different classes of mineral resources is expanding, and so is demand for exploration geoscientists to ensure we have the resources necessary. Geoscientists monitor and maintain safe surface and groundwater so that cities can grow, and wild rivers can thrive. We ensure that contaminants do not escape from active industrial sites, and determine the most effective way to remediate polluted sites of the past. We work with climate scientists to understand past climates and to better model future changes. And we work with astronomers and engineers to explore and study the geology of other planets, moons and asteroids in our solar system and beyond.
When you apply to UTSA, you select the major you'd like to study. The choice of major will not impact if you get admitted to the University (all students must meet UTSA's general admission requirements); however, some majors will require additional admission requirements to be able to declare the major your freshman year.
|Geosciences There are no additional admission requirements to declare this major. You must meet UTSA’s general admission requirements.
Pro Tip: Even if you don't think you will qualify for financial aid, you should still submit the FAFSA! Information from the FAFSA could impact certain scholarships that are even merit-based.
UTSA Scholarship Hub
Through one general scholarship application, you can automatically be considered for dozens of scholarships at UTSA, including scholarships that are available for this major. In order to access all available scholarship applications on the UTSA Scholarship Hub, you must be an admitted student. If you are a student applying for admission, but have not yet been admitted, you may sign in and complete the Scholarship Hub’s General Application as long as you have authenticated your myUTSA ID and Passphrase. Once you are admitted to UTSA, please sign back in to the Scholarship Hub to see if there are any additional scholarship opportunities available for you to pursue.
UTSA offers an automatic merit-based scholarship to incoming new freshman and transfer students who display exceptional scholastic achievement in high school by the priority deadline. Non-resident and international students awarded a Distinguished Scholarship for a minimum of $1,000 for the academic year will be granted a waiver for non-resident tuition if scholarship eligibility is maintained. This means out-of-state and international students could pay in-state tuition! For fall admitted freshmen, this scholarship is valued up to $20,000 for up to four years. For fall or spring admitted transfer students, this scholarship is valued up to $6,000 for up to two years. Renewal eligibility must be maintained and funding must be available.Distinguished Scholarships
UTSA Bold Promise
Although not a scholarship, UTSA is committed to cover tuition and mandatory fees 100% for eligible students who come from low and middle-income Texas families.UTSA Bold Promise
Careers, Salary & Skills
UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. See possible careers below. This data is pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program. On top of the resources your college will provide, the University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.
Minors & Certificates
After selecting a major area of study and enrolling at UTSA, degree-seeking students can choose from a variety of minors and certificates to supplement their education. Although not required, minors and certificates can help students customize their UTSA experience based on their passions and unique career goals.Explore All Minors & Certificates
The Honors Experience
Realize your full potential at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Honors College. Rooted in experiential learning, our classes and programs are hands-on, project-based, and customizable to fit your individual goals. Students in any majors can get invited to our Honors College. Turn your passions into marketable skills for the future!Why Join Honors?
The College of Sciences is an institutional leader in both teaching and research. Participating in research will help you become an investigative problem-solver and a more competitive graduate. Our world-class faculty will help you sharpen your scientific skills so they can be applied to make tangible, life-changing solutions.
You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities like the newly opened 160,349 square foot Science and Engineering Building, the Mesquite Living Laboratory, which houses an outdoor classroom that promotes environmental education, and the School of Data Science, which is located downtown and focuses on training a highly-skilled workforce in the fields of cybersecurity, data analytics, and digital asset management.
Internships allow you to obtain work experience, explore a chosen career path and increase your marketability to employers. Students can access Handshake, UTSA’s jobs portal, to search for jobs and internships and recruiting and event information. UTSA’s Career Center has a COS career counselor who provides internship opportunities and advice to students across every science major.
UTSA is all about your success. Our experiential learning initiative takes what you learn in the classroom and helps you apply it to real life. As a student in the College of Sciences (COS), you will explore, engage and reflect on your experiences to launch your career in a global society. The COS Student Success Center is a one-stop resource to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional goals. Receive tutoring, find internships, connect with industry professionals for job opportunities, and enhance your professional development skills through the center’s comprehensive programming.