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Undergraduate Admissions and Advising

Celeste Yoshinobu  Celeste Yoshinobu
Office: 124 Science Building
Phone: (806) 834-3299
Fax: (806) 742-0100
E-mail: celeste.yoshinobu@ttu.edu
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Department of Geosciences, MS 1053,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053
Advising Hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
or by appointment
Academic Programs

Bachelors of Science in Geosciences - Geology Concentration

The geology concentration for the B.S. degree is designed to prepare the student for admission to a graduate program in geology and employment as a professional geologist. Each student must complete a senior research project (GEOL 4312) as part of the degree requirements. The minor must be in a field of science, mathematics, engineering, or an approved composite of courses from these fields. A well-prepared student should be able to complete the B.S. in Geosciences with a geology concentration with a minimum of 40 hours in geosciences, 18 hours in the minor, and 24 hours in mathematics and physical sciences. For other students, leveling courses may be required. The residency requirement for the major is 12 hours; for the minor, 6 hours.

Bachelors of Science in Geosciences - Geophysics Concentration

The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to prepare for employment as a professional geophysicist or enter a graduate program in geophysics, atmospheric sciences, or related areas. Unlike geology, the geophysics concentration includes only a Bachelor of Science and requires a minor in mathematics. The courses required for the geophysics concentration are GEOL 1303, 1101, 2401, 3401, 3402, 4101; either GEOL 4312 or ATMO 4312; GCH 3303; GPH 3300, 3310, 4321, 4323. Adjunct courses include CHEM 1307, 1107; PHYS 1408, 2401. The senior research project (GEOL 4312 or ATMO 4312) must be in a field related to geophysics or atmospheric sciences.

Bachelors of Arts in Geosciences

The geology program leading to the B.A. degree is designed to provide a broad liberal arts background and basic training in the principles of geosciences. The program is designed for students with strong interests in earth processes and the history of nature’s initiation of and response to continuous change. Students interested in professional employment or graduate degrees in geology should complete the B.S. degree program, not the B.A. The B.A. program with a concentration in geology requires GEOL 1303, 1101, 2401, 3401, 3402, 4101, 4312, and at least 15 hours of junior-senior level geosciences electives, 9 hours of which must include a laboratory. Adjunct requirements include MATH 1321, CHEM 1307, 1107, PHYS 1403. The minor may be in any area approved by the college.

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Minor in Geology

The geology minor requires GEOL 1303, 1101, 1304, 1102 (GEOL 1350 and 1105 may not be included); one lab course from the following list: GEOL 2403, 3301, 3305, or 3450; and additional GEOL, GPH, GCH hours to total 18 hours in the minor. Six hours must be junior-senior level.

Minor in Geophysics

The geophysics minor requires 9 hours in geophysics and 9 hours of related science or mathematics coursework; 6 hours must be at the junior-senior level.

Composite Minor in Geosciences

The composite minor is comprised of courses in mathematics, science, or engineering and is available only to students pursuing a B.S. in Geosciences. The minor consists of 18 hours of electives, at least 6 of which must be at the junior-senior level. Electives in the minor include, but are not limited to, the following courses: ATMO 1300, 1100, 2301, 2316, 3301, 4300; BIOL 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404; CHEM 1307, 1107, 1308, 1108, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3108, 3141, 3301, 3305, 3306, 3307, 3308, 3341, 3351; CE 1305, 2301, 3302, 3303, 3305, 3321; CS 1382, 1411, 1412; CONE 2302, ECE 3301, 1305, 1315, 1206, 1207; GCH 4308, 4405, 3303, GPH 3310, 4300, 4321, 4323; GIST 3300, 4302, 4304, 4308, 4310, 4312; GEOG 3301, 3335; IE 1305; MATH 1451, 1452, 2450, 2460, 3310, 3322, 3342, 3350, 3351, 3354, 3360, 3370, 3371, 3430, 4310, 4312, 4324, 4330, 4331, 4342, 4343, 4350, 4351, 4354, 4356, 4360, 4362, 4363, 4370, 4371; ME 1315, 2301, 2302, 2322, 3322, 3370, 3371, 3403; NS 3302, 4320; NRM 4314, 4315, 4405; PHYS 1403, 1404, 1408, 2401, 2402, 3302, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3401, 4301, 4302, 4304, 4307, 4308, 4309, 4312; PSS 2432; ZOOL 3405, 3406, 4321, 4406, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410. Other science, math or engineering courses may be included subject to the approval of the department’s undergraduate committee.

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Opportunities

Graduates from the program are employed in the petroleum industry, state and federal agencies, environmental firms and major colleges and universities across the country.

Admissions

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate students who are interested in TTU Geosciences program can apply to Texas Tech University directly through the TTU Admission Office using the online Apply Texas website:

Students are also welcome to transfer into geosciences from other programs within Texas Tech University or from other institutions. 

Transfer Students

The Department of Geosciences welcomes students who transfer from other institutions.  If you plan on transferring to Texas Tech University there are a few important points to consider

  • Transfer students should apply for scholarships within the ApplyTexas application to be considered for transfer student scholarships.
  • Transfer credits are evaluated by the TTU Transfer Evaluation Office upon receipt of transcripts. However the TTU Registrar provides a transfer evaluation tool to help students plan for transferring into Texas Tech.  This is a great tool to stay on track when completing courses at another institution. 
  • Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are allowed to transfer up to 72 hours from junior colleges. 

Please contact the department advisor for more information.