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Programs in Geosciences

Ready to take the pulse of our dynamic planet? Join us in the journey of exploration incorporating geology, geophysics, environmental geology, and biogeosciences.

Whether you are interested in pursuing solely academic interests or exploring practical applications, our programs prepare you for a progressive study of the nature and evolution of our planet. Through a combination of diverse courses in geology, geophysics, environmental science and petroleum engineering, sedimentary geology, and petroleum geophysics, you will acquire broad skills required for the interpretation of our planet’s core characteristics. 

TU’s geoscience programs encompass a bachelor’s of science, thesis and non-thesis master’s program, and a specialty minor. In addition, Tulsa’s long history of petroleum exploration and development provides you with rich opportunities for research led by our dedicated faculty.

#1 University in Oklahoma, WSJ

100% Success Rate For All Geoscience Programs

$83K+ Annual Median Pay for Geoscientists

9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

Professional Opportunities

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Our graduates are well respected in the petroleum industry as well as other professions. They establish careers in the industrial, government, legal, and academic arenas as well as environmental companies that specialize in monitoring and remediation. Geoscientists enjoy the freedom of multiple work environments and utilize office, laboratory, and outdoor space to complete their projects. Job opportunities at state and federal agencies continue to grow as more Americans demand improved land and resource management.

Job opportunities:

  • Astrogeologist or planetary geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Hydrologist
  • Reservoir geologist
  • Remediation specialist
  • Geophysicist

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.

      Experiential Learning

    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.

      Civic Engagement

    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.

      Job Placement

    Learn more about the department

    TU’s Department of Geosciences offers unparalleled academic and research opportunities for students interested in geology, geophysics, environmental geology and biogeosciences. Traditionally, our geosciences program focuses on sedimentary geology and geophysics.

    Department of Geoscience


    Endowed Scholarships
    • L. Decker Dawson Endowment Fund in Geophysics
    • Dr. Indu Dayal Meshri Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Geosciences
    • Parke A. Dickey Endowment Fund for Geosciences
    • Colin Barker Geosciences Graduate Student Endowment Fund
    • Steven Bellovich Scholarship
    • Charles Iglehart Scholarship
    • Nye Black Scholarship
    • Bryan Tapp Scholarship
    Opportunities from geosciences societies
    • Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society (TRMS)
    • Geoscience Foundation of Tulsa (GFT)
    • Geophysical Society of Tulsa (GST)
    • Geophysical Society of Oklahoma City (GSOC)
    • Oklahoma Geological Foundation (OGF)
    • Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB)