B.S. Subprogram in Petroleum Geology & Geophysics

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Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours

and complete either:

  • Chem 1220, General Chemistry 2 or Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physicss, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above, if not used above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 1251 and above, if not used above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

a) Complete the following courses:

  • Earth Sciences 4421, Earth Materials, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chem 1210
  • Earth Sciences 4423, Introduction to Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 4421 
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Earth Sciences 1122
  • Earth Sciences 4530, Structural Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4999.01(H), Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences,  1 graded credit hour, prereq:  Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5661, Petroleum Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 4423 & 4502 or written permission of instructor

b) Complete 1 of the following solid Earth Science courses:

  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250

c) Complete Earth Sciences 5189.01, Earth Sciences 5189.02 and at least 1 other course from the electives list below or complete at least 3 courses from the list for a minimum of 9 semester credit hours:

  • Earth Sciences 5310, Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250; Math 1151 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4560, Applied Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121, Math 1151 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5604, Sequence Stratigraphy, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 4502
  • Earth Sciences 5641, Geostatistics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Stat 5301 and Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5642, Geomathematical Analysis, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5646, Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152, Physics 1250 & EARTHSC 4530, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 1121; Math 1152 or above
  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5751, Quantitative Reservoir Modeling, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 2245 & Math 1152, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5781, Gravity Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5782, Magnetic Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • GEOSCIM 5781, Geodesy & Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or Physics 1251, or permission of instructor
  • Math 2174, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations for Engineers, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 2173
  • Math 2568, Linear Algebra, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 2152