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2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, Petroleum Plan, BS

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The Petroleum Geology Plan in the Department of Physical Sciences is designed for students who intend to pursue employment in the petroleum industry or in state or federal agencies that regulate the petroleum industry. Most oil companies hire B.S. level geologists as geotechnicians; thus the opportunity for a full-fledged geologist position typically requires a graduate degree. However, a foot in the door as a geotechnician means excellent pay and the opportunity for your employer to pay for your graduate education.

Because UTPB does not offer a Summer Field Geology Course, students must take it at a University that offers it, and transfer those credits back to UTPB. They must obtain their advisor’s approval for the specific institution selected for that Summer Field Geology Course (6 credit hours) and the transcript will reflect the course number used by the institution from which they took the course. See above information of the less desirable alternative, two additional upper level courses in Geology.

Degree Requirements

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to read the catalog and be familiar with and fulfill all the requirements for the BA degree.
  2. Complete at least 120 sch for the BS degree.
  3. At least 30 sch must be completed at U.T.P.B.
  4. At least 24 of the last 30 must be taken at U.T.P.B.
  5. At least 48 sch must be taken at the upper level.
  6. Complete at least 18 sch in a minor of which 12 sch must be upper level. Refer to the catalog for specific requirements.
  7. Obtain at least a C grade in General Education, minor, and Geology courses counting to the minimum course requirements. Maintain at least a GPA of 2.0 or C in all courses applicable toward the BS degree.
  8. Students majoring in Geology seeking secondary teacher certification are not required to complete a minor, but must complete a minimum of 24 credits in their second teaching field.
  9. Students who enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education as first-time freshman in the Fall 2007 and thereafter are not permitted to drop more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career (Texas Administrative Code 4.10). This limit includes all transfer work taken at a Texas institution of higher education.

General Education Requirements (42 sch)

Communication (6 sch)

Life and Physical Sciences (6 sch)

Political Science (U.S., State of Texas and Local Government) (6 sch)

Component Area (3 sch)

Component Area Option (0 to 3 sch)

(if Math 3 sch)

Geology Major Courses (34 sch)

* Students that for a good reason are unable to take a Summer Field Geology Course must take two additional upper level courses in Geology.

Required Additional Geology Electives (5 sch)


As needed to complete 120 sch.

Minor (18 sch)

Minors may be completed from any discipline, but one of the following is strongly recommended: Biology Minor , Chemistry Minor , Computer Science Minor  , Energy Studies Minor , or Mathematics Minor . In general, the minor is 18 sch with 12 sch at the upper level.

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