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Geology Degree Transfer Pathway

The Geology Program at Sam Houston State University would like to invite you to contact us, visit us if possible, and eventually join the program. The objectives of the Geology Program are to train professional geologists and to prepare teachers of science. Students completing the Bachelor of Science degree are prepared for careers in industry, academia, government, and for admission to advanced degree programs.

All Geology majors and minors at SHSU must complete GEOL 1405 (GEOL 1305/1105) or Geology 1403 (1303/1103), plus GEL 1404 (1304/1104). There are two geology major degree plans. Plan I is targeted toward the individual planning on attending graduate school or entering industry. Plan II, the Geoscience Plan, is for an individual planning for a geotech position. The degree specific requirements will vary depending upon the geology degree plan. Additional information may be found at https://www.shsu.edu/~gel_geo/.

For further information about our program and the degrees that we offer, please see our web site at https://www.shsu.edu/~gel_geo/, or email Dr. Brian Cooper (Department Chair) at bjcooper@shsu.edu.

 

Geology Major and Minor Required Courses

Common Course Number

SHSU

Hours

GEOL 1405 or 1403 

GEOL 1405 or GEOL 1403   

4

GEOL 1404 

GEOL 1404

4

 

Other geology courses may be considered on a case by case basis, but will not transfer in for advanced hours.

Geology Degree Specific Requirements (Plan I)

Transfer   

SHSU

Hours

CHEM 1411 

CHEM 1411

4

CHEM 1412

CHEM 1412

4

MATH 1420

MATH 1420

4

MATH 1430

MATH 1430

4

PHYS 1301/1101

PHYS 1301/1101 

4

PHYS 1302/1102

PHY S 1302/1102

4

1 MATH 3379 may be substituted for MTH 1430 at SHSU

2 Calculus-based Physics courses (PHYS 2425 and 2426, equivalent to PHY 1411 and 2426 at SHSU) may be substituted for PHYS 1301/1101, 1302/1102.

 

Geoscience Degree Specific Requirements (Plan II)

Transfer   

SHSU

Hours

CHEM 1411

CHEM 1411

4

CHEM 1412

CHEM 1412 

4

MATH 2312 

MATH 1314

3

MATH 1316

MATH 1316

3

PHYS 1301/1101

PHYS 1301/1101  

4

PHYS 1302/1102

PHYS 1302/1102

4

1 MATH 1420 (Calculus I) or higher may be substituted for MATH 1314 and/or MTH 1316.

2 Calculus-based Physics courses (PHYS 2425 and 2426, equivalent to PHYS 1411 and 2426 at SHSU) may be substituted for PHYS 1301/1101, 1302/1102.

 

The baccalaureate degree in Geology requires the following for all majors::

  • A 26-hour core. This represents the body of knowledge that all geology professionals should know.
  • A maximum of 66 transfer credit hours (“C” or better excluding kinesiology) may be applied to a degree at SHSU. Students should carefully select courses to complete the associate degree while minimizing the number of hours that might exceed the 66-hour cap for transfer credit