Jun 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Geosciences

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Steven Roche, Interim

Associate Professors
Jingyi Chen
Junran Li
Steven Roche

Assistant Professor
Christine Ruhl


For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of geosciences, visit the Department of Geosciences webpage.

The Department of Geosciences offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in geosciences.

B.S. Degree Programs

The B.S. degree programs require three semesters of mathematics in calculus and/or statistics, one year of chemistry, and one year of calculus-based physics. In addition, support courses in the sciences are required. Courses may not be offered every year. A six-credit-hour course in field geology is required and must be taken at another university. Students graduating with a B.S. degree in geosciences usually enter a professional career in the geosciences or further their education at the graduate level before working professionally in the geosciences.

B.S. degree options include:

The goals of the Bachelor of Science programs in geosciences are to provide students with critical content knowledge, and to develop their analytical skills.

Students majoring in geosciences (geology option) and with an interest in a foreign language may choose to earn dual degrees through the International Engineering/Science and Language Program .

Program Objectives

Upon completion, students in the Bachelor of Science degree programs in geosciences will:

  • Describe and understand Earth systems, spatially and/or temporally
  • Draw and diagram Earth-system data using academic- and/or industry-relevant techniques
  • Apply Earth-systems knowledge to evaluate contemporary environmental and societal issues
  • Design and defend a geological objective or project using combined knowledge of Earth-systems and supporting disciplines
  • Criticize and compare and contrast conceptual hypotheses

Students are encouraged to take minors in associated technical fields. Mathematics , chemistry , physics , petroleum engineering  and computer science  are among the many minors available. Students may also minor in areas of special interest.

Teacher Certification

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in earth sciences should consult their academic advisors to determine subject area courses that are appropriate and the Oklahoma State Department of Education regarding alternative certification.


The B.S. programs have options for undergraduate research for students wishing to participate in mentored research opportunities, and for geoscience internships for students wishing to gain practical experience in the industrial applications of the geosciences.





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