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2019 - 2020 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2019 - 2020 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, Petroleum Concentration, 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.

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. Maintain at least a GPA of 2.0 or C in all courses applicable toward the BS degree

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)


As needed to complete 120 sch.  A minimum of 6 sch of upper division geology elective courses is required.  See the course catalog for the full list of geology elective courses. 

Minor (18 sch)

Minors may be completed from any discipline, but no minor is required for a B.S. in Geology.  A student electing not to pursue a minor will take additional upper division geology courses as needed to complete 120 sch. 

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