Stephen F. Austin State University


The Geology Undergraduate Program

The goal of geology is to understand the past, present and future behavior of the whole Earth system. From the environments where life evolves on the surface, to the interaction between the ocean and atmosphere, this interest extends to the Earth's core. A major challenge is to use this understanding to maintain an environment in which human kind and all forms of life can flourish.

The science of geology is essential to meeting the following societal challenges:

  1. provide sufficient resources -e.g., petroleum, water and minerals;
  2. cope with hazards -e.g., earthquakes, landslides, and floods;
  3. avoid the results of the perturbation of geological environments -e.g., soil erosion, water contamination, improper mining practices and waste disposal; and
  4. learn how to anticipate and adjust to environmental and global changes.

In order to prepare students to achieve the goals of the discipline of geology and to meet society's challenges to geologists, the Department of Geology has designed a curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in geology that: (1) provides a sound background in the fundamentals of geology by requiring a group of 10 core courses that cover all basic aspects of geology, and (2) allows students to choose an "option" relevant to a particular field of specialization in geology. The two options are:

  1. General Geology, including - petroleum resources and economic minerals:
  2. Environmental Geology - water resources, geologic hazards and environmental pollution.