West Texas A&M University

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Geology Program


The degree is offered through August 2018. No new students are accepted into the program at this time. Check with the department for more information. 


  • the oil/gas industry
  • the environmental field
  • ground water studies
  • geological survey work
  • Geo Tech jobs in the oil/gas industry or environmental agencies
  • teaching earth science with further academic study


Geology (B.A.)
Geology (B.S.)


The curriculum includes courses in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, geomorphology, structural geology, paleontology, hydrogeology, environmental geology, field methods, and geological problems for independent study or research. Students can also acquire a solid background in math as well as introductory and upper level courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition, courses in GIS (Geographical Information Systems), oceanography, astronomy, soil science, and environmental science are available as electives and some students pursue a double major in geology and environmental science.

The department also provides courses in earth sciences to satisfy university general core education requirements and to support requirements in science education, environmental science, and wildlife biology. In addition, the department offers courses in anthropology and archeology enabling a student to obtain a minor in anthropology.

DEGREE OPTIONS/extracurricular activities

Students declaring a Geology major prior to the end of Spring 2013 and finishing their degree by the end of summer 2018 will be awarded a B.S./B.A. in Geology. WTAMU does not currently offer Geology graduate course work, but prepares students for graduate level studies at other institutions.

  • WT Student Geological Society holds frequent meetings to plan and carry out community projects and week-end field trips.
  • Area geologists, many of whom are former WT graduates and members of the Panhandle Geological Society, have been very supportive in providing scholarships and internships.



Geologists and Geoscientists*

Median wage (TX) - $127,250
Median wage (US) - $92,710

*some opportunities require
graduate level degrees

Geological Sample Test Technicians

Median wage (TX) - $60,680
Median wage (US) - $58,400


  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Strong initiative, imagination, creative skills, and a strong academic background 
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.


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