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Courses & Catalogs

All undergraduates in the Jackson School take a set of fundamental courses, establishing a common foundation shared by students in all of the degree options. These courses include at least one of the three major introductory courses, with variations depending on a student’s degree track. Other fundamental courses cover earth materials, sedimentary rocks, the introduction to field & stratigraphic methods, and structural geology. Most undergraduates also take part in either the six-week summer field trip, Geology 660, or a comparable field course.

In addition to their geological science courses, Jackson School undergraduates must fulfill course requirements outside the Department. These include courses essential to the mathematical and scientific skills needed to become a geoscientist, such as advanced calculus and chemistry, as well as general course requirements for the university in English, history, foreign language, and other areas.

Course Catalogs & Schedules

Lower Division

Course # Course Name Syllabus Semester
GEO 401 Physical Geology Syllabus
BDP 101 Environmental Change and Sustainability Spring
GEO 302C Climate: Past, Present and Future Syllabus Spring
GEO 302D The Age of Dinosaurs Fall
GEO 302E Earth, Wind and Fire Syllabus Spring
GEO 302M Age of Mammals Syllabus Spring
GEO 302P
UGS 303
Sustaining a Planet Syllabus Fall
GEO 303 Introduction to Geology Syllabus
GEO 303C Introduction to the Solar System Fall
GEO 404C Plate Tectonics and Earth History Syllabus Spring
GEO 405 Life through Time Fall
GEO 305E Energy and the Environment
GEO 306P Geology and Sustainability Fall
GEO 307 Introduction to Oceanography
EVS 311 Field Seminar in Sustainability Spring
GEO 114G Geophysics Colloquium
GEO 416K Earth Materials Fall
GEO 416M Sedimentary Rocks Fall
GEO 316P Sedimentary Rocks – For Non-Majors Syllabus Spring


Upper Division

Course # Course Name Syllabus Semester
GEO 420F Classic Geology in Scotland
GEO 420H Honors Introductory Geology
GEO 420K Introduction to Field and Stratigraphic Methods Syllabus Spring
GEO 422K Paleobiology Fall
GEO 320L Introductory Field Geology Syllabus Summer
GEO 322S Development and Evolution of Vertebrate Skeletons
GEO 322V Morphology of the Vertebrate Skeleton
GEO 325J Programming in FORTRAN and MATLAB Syllabus Spring
GEO 325K Computational Methods in Geological Sciences Fall
GEO 426P Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Syllabus Spring
GEO 327G GIS and GPS Applications in Earth Sciences Syllabus Fall
GEO 428 Structural Geology Fall
GEO 330K Energy Exploration Syllabus Spring
EVS 331 Research Methods for the Environmental Sciences Spring
GEO 331K Petrology and Plate Tectonics
GEO 335 Geology and Mineral Resources of Texas
GEO 338T Marine Tectonics Syllabus Spring
GEO 339T Continental Tectonics Fall
GEO 340T Geoclimatology
EVS 141 Environmental Science Professionalism I Fall
GEO 341 Mineral Resources, Society and the Environment Fall
GEO 341G Geomicrobiology
GEO 344K Marine Mining and Minerals
GEO 344U Quantitative Seismic Interpretation
GEO 346C Introduction to Physical and Chemical Hydrology Syllabus
GEO 347G Climate Modeling Fall
GEO 347K Gems and Gem Minerals
GEO 347P Climate System Physics Syllabus Spring
GEO 348K Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course
EVS 151 Environmental Science Professionalism II Spring
GEO 354 Physics of Earth Syllabus Spring
GEO 358K Volcanology
GEO 660 Field Methods Summer
GEO 661 Geophysics Field Camp Summer
GEO 465K Seismic Exploration Fall
GEO 365N Geophysical Data Processing Spring
GEO 365P Potential Field Applications in Geophysics Spring
GEO 365Q Geomorphology Process and Form Syllabus Spring
GEO 366M Mathematical Methods in Geophysics Fall
GEO 468K Geophysics for Geological Sciences Majors Syllabus Spring
GEO 370K Sedimentology
GEO 371C Applied Karst Hydrogeology Syllabus Spring
GEO 271C Geomorphology/Glaciology Seminar Fall
GEO 371C Climate Systems Discussion Spring
GEO 371C Construction and Interpretation of 3-D Stratigraphy Fall
GEO 371C Ecohydrology Spring
GEO 371C Field Stratigraphy: Guadalupe Mountains Spring
GEO 371C Global Biogeochemical Cycles Fall
GEO 371C Global Warming Fall
GEO 371C Hydrogeophysics Fall
GEO 371C Ins and Outs of Subduction Zones Spring
GEO 371C Marine Geology Fall
GEO 371C Morphodynamics Fall
GEO 371C Petroleum Basin Analysis-IBA Syllabus Spring
GEO 171H
GEO 271H
GEO 371H
Research Methods Syllabus
GEO 376C Isotope Geology Fall
GEO 376E Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Syllabus Spring
GEO 476K Groundwater Hydrology/Physical Hydrogeology Fall
GEO 376L Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology Summer
GEO 476M Chemical Hydrogeology Syllabus Spring
GEO 376S Physical Hydrology Fall
GEO 376T High-Temperature Geochemistry Syllabus Spring
GEO 377P Physical Climatology Fall


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