What will I learn?

The Department of Physics and Geosciences serves the needs of three types of students: those majoring in geology or physics and those minoring in geography, geology or physics; technical or pre-professional students; and students who take physics and geoscience courses out of interest or to satisfy science requirements. The department seeks to prepare students who are majoring in geology or physics minoring in geography, geology or physics to compete with graduates from other institutions for industrial and governmental positions, follow a career in science education or pursue a higher level degree. It does this through fundamental courses in the respective disciplines and through specialized programs in geographic information sciences (GIS), energy, hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, certification in GIS sciences, certification in Geophysics, and certification in nuclear power plant (NPP) operations. For students in technical areas, the department endeavors to provide the background necessary for success in their chosen profession. For non-technical majors, the department strives to enlighten students concerning some of the basic realities of our universe and to instill in them an appreciation of the methods of scientific inquiry and the impact of science on our modern world. Students majoring or minoring in the Department of Physics and Geosciences should plan the course work so that it will best support their career and educational goals. This should be done in consultation with their faculty adviser. The Department offers minors in Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology, Geophysics, and Physics.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$11,949.54 per year
Start date

21 August 2019, 16 January 2020


College of Arts and Sciences

975 W. Ave B. Kleberg Hall 130,



78363, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper based TOEFL score of 550.

For international students

Undergraduate applicants who have no previous work at the postsecondary level must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from a secondary school and must also meet the criteria for admission to a postsecondary school in the applicant’s home country.

A minimum TOEFL score of 61 (Internet-based) or 500 (paper-based) is required. or IELTS 6.0 overall band score.

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