Programs of Study

The TTU Earth Sciences Department offers four concentrations within the geosciences major. Because each concentration is designed to prepare students for a different goal, a different set of core courses and directed electives is required for each one. In most cases, students can choose from a range of courses to satisfy these requirements, allowing a wide degree of flexibility in coursework. Substitutions for some courses may be allowed at the discretion of the head of the department offering the course. In addition to completing the required classes within their concentration, all students must complete TTU's General Education Core and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

A four year plan has been created for each concentration to meet all of the requirements for graduation. Links to these plans are included below, but please be aware that these are intended to serve as general guidelines and lists of course requirements. Course offerings vary, and you will most likely not take classes in the exact order shown. More information about general university requirements and policies can be found in the undergraduate catalog.


The geology concentration is intended to prepare undergraduate students for graduate programs in the Earth Sciences. It gives students a solid foundation within many geologic disciplines. Students have numerous opportunities to go on field trips and work on independent research projects.

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Geographic Information Systems

The GIS concentration is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in industry or government. In addition, the concentration provides a basic understanding of GIS/geography for those students who desire to enter a graduate program. With GIS becoming an increasingly important part of our everyday lives, job opportunities in this field are rapidly increasing. Not sure what a GIS is? Have you ever used Mapquest or Google Maps? Ever driven a car with a GPS navigation system? Have you ever seen 3D terrain model or a map showing areas at risk from natural disasters? These are examples of the many applications of a GIS. For more information on Geographic Information Systems can be found here.

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Environmental Geology

The Environmental Geology concentration is designed to prepare graduates for immediate access to entry-level positions in environmental companies. Graduates in Environmental Geology become qualified to work in several environmental fields including groundwater remediation, site planning and development, stream restoration, and hazards assessment.

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The GEOGraphy concentration prepares students for work in the private sector, government, or in teaching. Graduates in the Geography concentration will have diverse career opportunities in fields such as regional and city planning, intelligence analysis, and water resource planning. This concentration has only recently been added to the Geosciences program (Fall 2007), and provides a more interdisciplinary selection of coursework.

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