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Bachelor of Sciences in Geosciences With Environmental Geology

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The Environmental Geology degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides both a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the Natural Sciences and a set of courses specific to geology and an environmental focus. This concentration requires several courses that cover a broad range of environmental-related topics. The degree program is designed to meet the needs of those interested in graduate studies in geology, environmental sciences and careers in the environmental industry that require knowledge of environment-related issues.

Additionally, the environmental geology degree program will prepare students for rewarding careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.


Graduates who earn a BS in Geosciences will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
  • Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
  • Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
  • Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


Graduates will find many career options and opportunities in the field of environmental geology. Depending on the area of interest students study within their degree, career options include:

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geologist/Paleontologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Weather Reporter
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Water Resource Planner
  • Reservoir Manager
  • Earth Science Teacher (K-12)
  • Land Surveyor


  • Biology 22 Hours Minimum
  • Physics 22 Hours Minimum
  • Environmental Sciences 20 Hours Minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

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