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
When seeking a Geology degree at UTSA, you can choose either the B.A. or B.S. 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.
Careers in Geology
Top job titles for Geology graduates include:
• Environmental Compliance Specialist
• Geoscience Technician
• Physical Scientist
Geology and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Houston, TX, San Francisco, CA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Geology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.
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.
Industries for Geology Graduates
Geology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Geology-related positions over 2018-19 included:
• Architectural and Engineering Related Services
• National Security
• Management and Scientific Consulting
• Oil and Gas Extraction
• Employment Services
• Administration of Environmental Quality Programs
Salaries for Geology Graduates
The salary range for open geology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:
Source: Burning Glass
Skills and Interests for Geology Majors
While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Geology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Geology may be a good fit for you if:
• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good planner
• You enjoy learning
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented