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Bachelor of Sciences in Geosciences With Petroleum Geotechnology

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The Petroleum Geotechnology 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 a petroleum geotechnology focus. This concentration requires several courses that cover a broad range of petroleum and petroleum industry-related topics. The degree is designed to meet the needs of those interested in graduate work in geology and careers in the oil and gas industry that requires knowledge of petroleum-related issues. Valuable courses include:

  • paleontology
  • stratigraphy
  • mineralogy
  • petrology
  • structural geology
  • mathematics
  • engineering
  • technical report writing

Additionally, the geochemistry 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.


There are a number of career options to choose from in the field of petroleum geotechnology; and many graduates work for large oil companies or independent companies. Most geochemists divide their time between working in offices, laboratories, refineries, and in the field. Depending on the area of interest students study within their degree, career options include:

  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Petroleum Technicians
  • Geotechnicians
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Biochemist
  • Geochemist
  • Physical Chemist
  • Organic Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist


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