Administered by the Department of Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Emilio Mutis-Duplat, PhD
Professor of Geology
In over 35 years at U.T. Permian Basin, Dr. Mutis-Duplat has worked with a
multitude of undergraduate and graduate
students in geology and he continues to monitor their professional progress. His
research interests include the geology
Mason County, Texas, and the geology of the San Mateo Mountains in New Mexico.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology prepares students for entry-level positions
in earth-science-related professions especially in the petroleum and mining
industries, environmental geology, graduate school, and teaching. The Geology
curriculum provides students with an excellent theoretical and practical background,
but is not so narrowly focused as to limit opportunities in a rapidly changing
marketplace. Because rocks belonging to almost all geologic systems crop out in the
Permian Basin near The University facilities, field studies are an important
component in the curriculum.
The total semester credit hours required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology is 120.
General Education Degree Requirements 49 credit hours
Students must complete the requirements shown in the General Education Requirements section of this catalog.
In meeting the general education requirements Geology majors must include the following:
Math Requirement MATH 2413 (4), 2414 (4)
Science Requirement GEOL 1301/1101 (4) and 1302/1102 (4)
Students majoring in Geology must demonstrate a basic use of computer through the completion of COSC 1335 (3).
Science and Mathematics 22 credit hours
CHEM 1311/1111 (4) and 1312/1112 (4)
NTSC 4311 (3)
PHYS 1301/1101 (4) and 1302/1102 (4) or 2325/2125 (4) and 2326/2126 (4)
Literature: 3 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level
Core 40 credit hours
Take all of the following:
GEOL 1301/1101 (4) Physical Geology
GEOL 1302/1102 (4) Historical Geology
GEOL 3303/3103 (4) Mineralogy
GEOL 3304/3104 (4) Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
GEOL 3305/3105 (4) Structural Geology
GEOL 3307/3107 (4) Introduction to Paleontology
GEOL 3308/3108 (4) Sedimentary Rocks
GEOL 3309 (3) Sequence Stratigraphy
GEOL 3329 (3) GIS and GPS Applications
GEOL 4600 (6)* Field Geology
* Students that for a good reason decide not to take GEOL 4600 must take GEOL 4100 Basic Field Methods plus two additional courses (6 hours)
in Geology. This decision must be approved by the Faculty of Geology and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. They must not be
planning to apply to a Ph.D. program in Geology or to work for the U.S. Geological Survey or State Geological Surveys where a Field Geology
course is required.
Electives: Courses as needed to complete the required 120 hours.
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Minors may be completed from one of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental
Science, Geography, or Mathematics.
Minor in Geology
GEOL 1301/1101 and GEOL 1302/1102, totaling eight credit hours, are required. Ten additional upper level credit
hours, totaling a minimum of at least 18 credit hours, must be earned by selecting courses from the following list:
GEOL 3303/3103, 3307/3107, 3308/3108, 3317, 3318, 3329, 4307/4107, and 4316.
GEOL 1301 Physical Geology (3)*
Survey of Earth’s structure, composition, and the dynamic processes that have resulted in the modern distribution of the
Earth’s geographic regions, landforms, resources, and geologic hazards. Corequisite: GEOL 1101. FS
GEOL 1101 Physical Geology Laboratory (1)*
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences. Corequisite: GEOL 1301. FS
GEOL 1302 Historical Geology (3)*
Study of Earth’s origin, geologic time, and the major sequential physical and biological events that culminate in the modern
distribution of ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on the geological history of North America. Prerequisite: GEOL
1301/1101 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GEOL 1102. FS
GEOL 1102 Historical Geology Laboratory (1)*
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology. Corequisite: GEOL 1302. FS
GEOL 3303 Mineralogy (3)
Symmetry. Morphological and optical crystallography. Crystal chemistry. Origin and distribution, classification,
identification, and description of minerals, especially the rock-forming minerals, in hand specimen and under the
polarizing microscope. Prerequisites: GEOL 1301/1101, CHEM 1312/1112, PHYS 1302/1102 or PHYS 2326/2126.
Corequisite: GEOL 3103. F
GEOL 3103 Mineralogy Laboratory (1)
Identification of minerals, especially the rock-forming minerals, on the basis of crystallographic, physical, chemical, and
optical properties. Corequisite: GEOL 3303. F
GEOL 3304 Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks (3)
Origin and distribution, classification, identification, and description of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen
and under the polarizing microscope. One fieldtrip is required. Prerequisite: GEOL 3303/3103. Corequisite: GEOL 3104. S
GEOL 3104 Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks Laboratory (1)
Identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen and under the polarizing microscope. Corequisite:
GEOL 3304. S
GEOL 3305 Structural Geology (3)
Principles of structural geology, including the theory of rock behavior under stress, and descriptions of major structural
features. Prerequisites: GEOL 1301/1101, MATH 2414, and PHYS 1302/1102 or PHYS 2326/2126. Corequisite: GEOL
GEOL 3105 Structural Geology Laboratory (1)
Geometrical techniques used in the understanding of rock deformation. Emphasis on the applications of the stereonet.
Corequisite: GEOL 3305. F
GEOL 3307 Invertebrate Paleontology (3)
Classification and evolution of ancient invertebrate with hard parts. Prerequisites: GEOL 1302/1102 or BIOL 1306/1106.
Corequisite: GEOL 3107. F
GEOL 3107 Invertebrate Paleontology Laboratory (1)
Laboratory methods in invertebrate paleontology. Corequisite: GEOL 3307. F
GEOL 3308 Sedimentary Rocks (3)
Origin and distribution, classification, identification, and description of sedimentary rocks in hand specimen and under the
binocular microscope. Recognition of sedimentary textures and structures and introduction to depositional environments.
One fieldtrip is required. Prerequisite: GEOL 1301/1101 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GEOL 3108. F
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GEOL 3108 Sedimentary Rocks Laboratory (1)
Identification of sedimentary rocks in hand specimen and under the binocular microscope. Corequisite: GEOL 3308. F
GEOL 3309 Sequence Stratigraphy (3)
Sedimentary processes, depositional facies, and fundamental concepts of stratigraphy. Introduction to the application of
sequence and seismic stratigraphy to the Permian Basin and West Texas. One fieldtrip is required. Prerequisite: GEOL
GEOL 3316 Introduction to Groundwater (3)
Basic terminology and concepts, evaporation, precipitation, runoff, stream flow, aquifer properties, groundwater flow, soil
moisture, groundwater recharge, regional groundwater flow, and the geology of groundwater occurrence. Prerequisites:
GEOL 1301/1101, MATH 2412. S
GEOL 3317 Environmental Geology (3)
The application of geologic information to the resolution of problems resulting from the interaction of people and their
physical environment. Special emphasis is placed upon the relationships between cultural and natural ecosystems and
their geological settings. Prerequisites: GEOL 1301/1101. F
GEOL 3318 Oceanography (3)
Geological, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the marine environment, including marine geomorphology and
depositional environments. Prerequisites: GEOL 1301/1101 or BIOL 1306/1106. S
GEOL 3329 GIS and GPS Applications (3)
Acquistion of actual geographical, geological, and biological field data using a Trimble GPS system and various surveying
equipments, and interpretation and graphic presentation of these data using GIS (Arc View) software. One fieldtrip is
required. Prerequisites: GEOL 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. F
GEOL 4100 Basic Field Methods (1)
Introduction to the methods used in geologic mapping by the field geologist. Prerequisites: GEOL 3304/3104, 3305/3105,
3307/3107, and 3308/3108.
GEOL 4101 Rock-Cuttings Description (1)
Methods used in the detailed description of well cuttings recovered from wells drilled in the Permian Basin of West Texas
and Southeastern New Mexico. Taught from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays. Prerequisite: GEOL
3308/3108 or permission of the instructor. F
GEOL 4102 Core Description (1)
Methods used in the detailed description of cores recovered from wells drilled in the Permian Basin of West Texas and
Southeastern New Mexico. Taught from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays. Prerequisite: GEOL
3308/3108 or permission of the instructor. S
GEOL 4307 Vertebrate Paleontology (3)
Origin and evolution of vertebrates from the earliest chordates to dinosaurs and hominids, as revealed by study of fossils
and their relationship to the environment. Phylogeny, anatomy, and how evolution has worked through geologic time.
Prerequisites: GEOL 1302/1102 or BIOL 1306/1106 and 1307/1107. Corequisite: GEOL 4107.
GEOL 4107 Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory (1)
Laboratory methods in vertebrate paleontology, with emphasis on vertebrate anatomy. Corequisite: GEOL 4307.
GEOL 4316 Earth Resources and the Environment (3)
Geology, origin, and general economics of mineral and fuel deposits, their importance to the national economy, current
problems of supply, and environmental problems faced by the mining and oil industries. Prerequisite: GEOL 3317. S
GEOL 4317 Geology of the Permian Basin (3)
Depositional and structural history and diagenetic overprint, in both outcrop and in subsurface, of the Paleozoic
formations of the Permian Basin. Prerequisites: GEOL 3308 or permission of the instructor. F
GEOL 4320 Exploration Geophysics (3)
Gravity, magnetic, and seismic techniques used in the search for mineral deposits and petroleum. Prerequisite: GEOL
GEOL 4600 Field Geology (6)
Field techniques for systematic geologic mapping utilizing topographic maps. Students majoring in geology must make
arrangements at another school to take this course when not taught at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Prerequisites: GEOL 3304/3104, 3305/3105, 3307/3107, and 3308/3108. Summer
*Course fulfills general education requirements
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2009-2011 DEGREE PLAN: B. S. IN GEOLOGY
NOTES ON GRADUATING:
1. Read the U. T. Permian Basin catalog and be familiar with the University’s requirements for the BS degree. It is the
student’s responsibility to read the catalog and be familiar with and fulfill all the requirements for the BS degree.
2. At least 54 credits must be at the junior or senior level. At least 30 of these must be completed at U. T. Permian Basin.
3. Students majoring in Geology seeking secondary teacher certification are not required to complete a minor, but must
complete a minimum of 24 credits in their second teaching field.
4. Obtain at least a C grade in all General Education, minor, and Geology courses counting to the minimum course
requirements. Maintain at least a grade point average of 2.0 or C in all courses applicable toward the BS degree.
General Education Requirements (30 hours):
___ ___ English Composition, 6 semester credit hours
___ Literature, 3 semester credit hours
___ ___ U.S. History, 6 credits (2 courses) 1301, 1302 recommended
___ ___ U.S. and State Government, 6 credits (2 courses) PLSC 2305, 2306
___ Communication, 3 semester credit hours
___ Visual and Performing Arts, 3 semester credit hours
___ Social Science, 3 semester credit hours
____ Literature, 3 semester credit hours (3000 or 4000 level)
____ CHEM 1311/1111General Chemistry I with Lab, 4 hours
____ CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II with Lab, 4 hours
____ COSC 1335 Computers and Problem Solving, 3 hours
____ MATH 2413/MATH 2414 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I & II
____ NTSC 4311 History & Philosophy of Science, 3 hours
____ PHYS 1301/1101 and 1302/1102 College Physics, 8 semester credit hours OR
PHYS 2325/2125 and 2326/2126, University Physics, 8 semester credit hours
GEOLOGY CORE COURSES:
____ GEOL 1301/1101 Physical Geology, 4 hours
____ GEOL 1302/1102 Historical Geology, 4 hours
____ GEOL 3303/3103 Mineralogy, 4 hours
____ GEOL 3304/3104 Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, 4 hours
____ GEOL 3305/3105 Structural Geology, 4 hours
____ GEOL 3307/3107 Introduction to Paleontology, 4 hours
____ GEOL 3308/3108 Sedimentary Rocks, 4 hours
____ GEOL 3309 Sequence Stratigraphy, 3 hours
____ GEOL 3329 GIS and GPS Applications, 3 hours
____ GEOL 4600 Field Geology, 6 hours
(or GEOL 4100, 1 hour, plus two additional elective Geology courses, 6 hours).
ELECTIVES (As needed to complete 120 hours):
A minor requires 18 credit hours of which 12 credit hours must be completed at the junior and senior level.
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