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Bachelor of Science in Geophysics

Students who major in Geophysics must complete the following requirements.

Required Courses (does not include prerequisites)

Hours

Geology

GEOL1130, 1330, 3145, 3150, 3340, 3345, 3350, 3370, 3372, 4330, 4335

27

Advanced approved geophysics electives

12

Advanced geology or geophysics electives

3

Chemistry

CHEM1111, 1112, 1331, 1332

8

Mathematics

MATH1431, 1432, 2433, 3321, 3363, 3364

21

Physics

PHYS1121, 1122, 1321, 1322

8

Other Core requirements (excluding capstone - see below)

30

Electives*

11

Total (minimum number of hours)

120


The Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 hours, at least 36 of which are to be advanced. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in all courses attempted at the university. In addition, students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in all courses in the major and in core courses attempted at the university. Students must have no more than 6 semester hours with grades below C- in all courses attempted in the major. Any student exceeding that limit must retake sufficient courses and obtain acceptable grades so that they do not exceed the six-hour limit.

*Recommended electives include: Historical Geology (GEOL1176, 1376), Computer Science, Biology, Foreign Language.



Capstone Requirement

All students in NSM are required to complete the Capstone Requirement but there are no specific Capstone courses in Geophysics. Geophysics majors may satisfy the Capstone in a number of ways by completing: an approved minor, a double major, a senior research project, a senior honors thesis, 6 hours of NSM-designated interdisciplinary capstone courses, 9 hours selected from INDE4333, DISC3371, 4368, 4370, 4371, 4372, 4377, 4378 or 4379. Most Geophysics majors satisfy the Capstone Requirement either through completion of a minor in Mathematics (an additional 3 hours of 4000-level mathematics) or by taking Field Geology (GEOL3355 and 3360).



Departmental Requirements

No geoscience course with a grade below C- can be used as a prerequisite for a more advanced geoscience course.

Students with more than 6 hours in geoscience courses with grades below C- are not allowed to enroll in subsequent geoscience courses without written permission from the undergraduate advisor.

Note that all undergraduate majors should meet with the undergraduate advisor prior to registration each semester.



Bachelor of Science in Geophysics - Suggested Program

First Year

Fall Semester

Hours

ENGL 1303. Freshman Composition I

3

CHEM 1331 and 1111. Fundamentals of Chemistry and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

4

GEOL 1330 and 1130. Physical Geology and Physical Geology Laboratory

4

MATH 1431. Calculus I

4

Total

15

Spring Semester

Hours

ENGL 1304. Freshman Composition II

3

CHEM 1332 and 1112. Fundamentals of Chemistry and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

4

MATH 1432. Calculus II

4

Social and Behavioral Sciences core

3

Total

14

Second Year

Fall Semester

Hours

GEOL 3370. Mineralogy

3

MATH 2433. Calculus III

4

PHYS 1321. University Physics I

3

PHYS 1121. Physics I Laboratory

1

Social Sciences Core Writing Intensive

3

Visual/Performing Arts Core

3

Total

17

Spring Semester

Hours

GEOL 3340. Geologic Field Methods

3

GEOL 3372. Petrography

3

MATH 3321. Engineering Math

3

PHYS 1322. University Physics II

3

PHYS 1122. Physics Laboratory II

1

Humanities Core

3

Total

16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Hours

GEOL 4330. Introduction to Geophysics

3

GEOL 3350 and 3150. Principles of Stratigraphy and Principles of Stratigraphy Laboratory

4

MATH 3363. Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

3

HIST 1376 or 1377. The United States to 1877 or equivalent

3

Total

13

Spring Semester

Hours

GEOL 3345 and 3145. Structural Geology and Structural Geology Laboratory

4

Geophysics Elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

MATH 3364. Introduction to Complex Analysis

3

HIST 1378 or 1379. The United States since 1877 or equivalent

3

Approved Elective

3

Total

16

Summer Semester

Hours

GEOL 4335. Geophysical Field Camp 3

Total

3

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Hours

Geology-Geophysics Elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

Geophysics Elective (3000 or 4000 level)

6

POLS 1336. U.S. and Texas Constitutions and Politics or equivalent

3

Approved Elective (NSM Capstone Requirement)

3

Total

15

Spring Semester

Hours

Geology-Geophysics Elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

POLS 1337. U.S. Government: Congress, President and Courts or equivalent

3

Approved Elective (NSM Capstone Requirement)

4

Approved Elective

4

Total

14