May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Geosciences

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

Students graduating with a B.S.G.S. usually enter a professional career in the geosciences or further their education at the graduate level before working professionally in the geosciences.

The B.S.G.S. program has 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.

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 .

Undergraduate Academic Programs

The faculty of geosciences offer courses leading to the Bachelor of Science in Geosciences (B.S.G.S.)  degree. Degree options including environmental science, geology, geophyscs, and petroleum engineering.

Program Goals

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

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the undergraduate program 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; and
  • Criticize and compare and contrast conceptual hypotheses.

Teacher Education Program

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in geoscience must declare education as a second major. This double major leads to teacher certification in Oklahoma (and preparation for certification in other states). In order to qualify, students must complete all the tasks listed on the Department of Education  page in this Bulletin, including acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and to the Student Teaching Semester.

Geoscience education majors are assigned two faculty advisors, one in the Department of Geosciences and one in the Department of Education .


Jingyi Chen

Associate Professors
Jingyi Chen
Junran Li

Assistant Professor
Christine Ruhl






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