Areas of Study
As an earth science, the geological sciences embrace the study of the Earth, its composition, its history, and its constantly changing character. This includes the origin and evolution of our planet, its chemical and physical properties, the history of life, and humanity’s response to natural disasters.
UTSA’s Geology Program
At UTSA, you can earn either the B.A. or B.S. in Geology. The B.A. is for those looking to receive a quality preparatory education in the discipline and the B.S. is for those who intend to become professional geologists or plan to attend graduate school in geosciences. As both an applied and an academic discipline, a degree in Geology will prepare you for careers in petroleum, mining, water resources, environmental management, governmental agencies, engineering geology, geochemistry, geophysics and natural resources.
For students with a specific interest in addressing water resource or climate issues, we also offer two areas of concentration within the geology degree (B.A. or B.S.): (1) Hydrology and (2) Earth System and Climate. We also offer an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) program. Students from any degree program in UTSA can apply for this certificate and courses taken for this certificate program can be applied to any degree program with the approval of an undergraduate advisor for the degree program. The department also plays a critical role for the Geoinformatics track of the Multidisciplinary Studies B.A. degree offered through the University College.
UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.