Jul 12, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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Geology, BS

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University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

Three hours from:

C. Life and Physical Science

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Science

I. Component Area Option

Three hours from:

Foundation of Knowledge

Geology Major

The student pursuing a major in Geology may complete the major with or without a concentration.


Students must complete CHEM 1311  and CHEM 1312 ; PHYS 1301  and one of the following PHYS 1302  or BIOL 2361  or  BIOL 1313 ; and MATH 1342  and MATH 2313  with all co-requisite courses before they can register for GEOL 3338 

Optional Geosciences Concentration

Students may choose to complete the Geosciences concentration or a minor. 

Geoscience Research

Three hours of:

Minor Option

Complete an academic minor of at least 18 semester hours, but not more than 24 semester hours, with at least six advanced hours at SFA.  Geology majors will plan their minor program in consultation with a geology advisor. Suggested minors are chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, business, computer science, geographic information systems and geography.

General Electives

The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree. 

Total hours: 120

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View the In-Residence Requirement, Policy 6.15.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year




Senior Year


  • Major, Minor Credit(s): 12


  • Major, Minor Credit(s): 9

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