Bachelor of Science in Geophysics

Students who major in Geophysics must complete the following requirements.

Required Courses (does not include prerequisites)

Hours

Geology

GEOL 1130, 1330, 3145, 3150, 3325 or 3370 and 3372, 3340, 3345, 3350

27

GeoPhysics

GEOL 4330, 4355, 4381, 4370

27

Advanced approved geophysics electives

12

Advanced approved geoscience 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.


Advanced Approved Geophysics Electives

  • GEOL 3383 - Remote Sensing
  • GEOL 4332 - Geoscience Applications of GPS and LIDAR
  • GEOL 4379 - Groundwater and Engineering Geophysics

  • GEOL 4380 - Petroleum Seismic Exploration
  • GEOL 4385 - Introduction to Marine Geophysics 

Advanced Approved Geoscience Electives

  • GEOL 3331 - Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 3338 - Environmental Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 3377 - Oceanography
  • GEOL 3383 - Remote Sensing
  • GEOL 4331 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOL 4358 - Introduction to Depositional Models
  • GEOL 4365 - Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4382 - Introduction to Petroleum Geology
  • GEOL 4397 - Selected Topics-Geology

Bachelor of Science in Geophysics - Suggested Program

First Year

Fall Semester

Hours

ENGL 1303. First Year Writing 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. First Year Writing II

3

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

4

MATH 1432. Calculus II

4

Elective (GEOL 1376, GEOL 1176. Historical Geology and Lab recommended)

4

Total

15

Second Year

Fall Semester

Hours

GEOL 3325 Rocks and Minerals  or GEOL 3370 - Mineralogy (if GEOL 3372 - Petrography is taken as Advanced Geoscience Elective)

3

MATH 2433. Calculus III

4

PHYS 1321. University Physics I

3

PHYS 1121. Physics I Laboratory

1

HIST 1377 - The U S To 1877

3

Core Curriculum Elective

3

Total

17

Spring Semester

Hours

GEOL 3340. Geologic Field Methods

3

MATH 3321. Engineering Math

3

PHYS 1322. University Physics II

3

PHYS 1122. Physics Laboratory II

1

HIST 1378. The U S Since 1877

3

Core Curriculum Elective

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

POLS 1336 - U.S. and Texas Constitution and Politics

3

Total

13

Spring Semester

Hours

GEOL 3345 and 3145. Structural Geology and Structural Geology Laboratory

4

GEOL 4370. Global Seismology

3

MATH 3364. Introduction to Complex Analysis

3

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

3

Advanced Geophysics Elective

3

Total

16

Summer Semester

Hours

GEOL 4335. Geophysical Field Camp 3

Total

3

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Hours

GEOL 4381 Geophysical Signals and Analysis

3

Advanced Geophysics Electives

6

Core Curriculum Elective

3

Total

12

Spring Semester

Hours

Advanced Geophysics Elective

3

Advanced Geoscience Elective

3

Core Curriculum Elective

3

Approved Elective

4

Total

13