As a geoscientist, we embrace the study of our Earth, other planets, and their moons for their composition, history, and constantly changing characters. 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 and climate/environmental changes.
UTSA’s Geosciences Program
When seeking a Geosciences degree at UTSA, you can choose either the B.A. or B.S. The B.A. degree targets receiving a quality preparatory education in the discipline and the B.S. is for those who intend to become professional geoscientists/environmental geoscientists or plan to attend graduate school in geosciences. As an applied discipline, a degree in Geosciences will prepare you for careers in petroleum, mining, water resources, engineering geology, environmental engineering, environmental management, governmental agencies, geochemistry, geophysics and natural resources.
For students with a specific interest in addressing water resource, environment, or climate issues, we also offer three additional focus areas within the Geosciences degree (B.S.): (1) Earth System and Climate, (2) Environmental Geoscience, and (3) Water Science. We also offer an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS). 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 in the Geoinformatics track of the the Multidisciplinary Studies B.S. degree that is 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
- Dr. B. Thyagarajan Endowed Scholarship
- Incoming Freshmen: 860+ SAT or 18+ ACT, and Top 50% Rank in graduating class
- Current Undergraduates: cumulative 2.6+ GPA
- Major: Chemistry, Geology, Physics
- San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Scholarship – Upperdivision
- Must be enrolled in the Honors College
- GPA: semester 2.5+ (4.0 scale)
- Must be a Texas permanent resident of Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson, Frio, Karnes, or Kerr Counties
- Must be a graduate of a Texas public, private, or home school within the last two years
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.S. degree offered through the University College. Students studying Geology may consider becoming involved in:
- Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists UTSA Student Chapter