Petroleum and Environmental Geology Tracks

Oil rig in west TexasPetroleum Geology Track

The petroleum geology track is intended to prepare an undergraduate student for graduate study in this discipline, as well as provide training for the students who may be interested in service jobs in the oil and gas industry between their undergraduate and graduate careers. Many of the geology undergraduate classes prepare students for this track. In addition, students may select technical electives in petroleum engineering and other disciplines.

Specific classes recommended include GEOL 400 Reservoir Description, GEOL 404 Geology of Petroleum, PETE 311 Reservoir Petrophysics, PETE 321 Formation Evaluation, PETE 324 Well Performance, PETE 402 Petroleum Property Management. Qualified students may also take related graduate courses during the senior year. Such classes include GEOL 619 Petroleum Geology, GEOL 622 Stratigraphy, GEOL 623 Carbonate Rocks, GEOL 624 Carbonate Reservoirs, GEOL 668 Clastic Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology, and GEOP 629 Seismic Interpretation.

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Environmental Geology Track

The environmental geology track is a recommended group of electives that provides training for geology students to work on some of society’s most pressing problems including groundwater contamination and remediation, nonpoint-source pollution, water resources, and geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, flooding, volcanism and surface deformation. The geology curriculum with an emphasis in environmental geology is designed to provide a strong foundation in geology coupled with specialized training in environmental and hydrologic topics. Students completing this track receive a B.S. degree in Geology from the Department of Geology and Geophysics and are prepared to go on to graduate school for an advanced geoscience degree. Typical careers for environmental geoscientists include careers with environmental and engineering consulting companies and other industrial corporations, governmental agencies or academics.

Specific classes recommended for the geology and technical electives include CVEN 365 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, GEOG 331 Geomorphology, GEOG 390 Principles of GIS, GEOL 410 Hydrogeology, GEOL 420 Environmental Geology, GEOL 440 Engineering Geology, GEOS 410 Global Change; or approved classes in other departments including Soil Science, Chemistry, Physics and Civil Engineering.

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