The University of Texas at El Paso was founded in 1914 as the Texas College of Mines, and thus the geological sciences have played a key role in the institution since its inception. The Department of Geological Sciences has the oldest PhD program in the university and is housed in well-equipped, 90,000 sq. ft. building that dominates the center of the campus. The department has evolved greatly over the years and maintains a long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research. We offer research opportunities in many areas of the geological sciences and are particularly proud of the fact that our graduate students obtain Master's and Ph.D. degrees making them employable in a variety of professional career options.
The Department of Geological Sciences offers degree programs in both Geological Sciences and Environmental Sciences in conjunction with faculty from the Biological Science and Chemistry departments.
Graduate contact Adriana E. Perez
Geological Sciences Program
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Geological Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geological Sciences
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geophysics
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences
Environmental Sciences Program
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Environmental Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science
This year's homecoming was very special – The University of Texas at El Paso was founded in 1914 as the Texas College of Mines. Thus, the Department of Geological Sciences and UTEP celebrate together our centennial birthday.
We are very grateful that so many alumni spent this special day together with us! Over 25 Alumni joined us on Saturday for field trips and gatherings at the Geological Sciences building.
Many of our graduate students attend the yearly 'Rocky Mountain Rendezvous', one of five regional job fairs sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, hosted by the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics and School of Energy Resources.
This year was especially rewarding as one of our very own, Josh McFarland, a Master's student under the supervision of Dr. Kate Giles, was one of lucky students to receive a Top Poster award.
Way to go Josh!
Gravesite depressions have been experienced at Fort Bliss National Cemetery following larger than normal amounts of rainfall. Drs. Diane Doser and Lixin Jin team up with state Rep. Joe Moody to conduct a soil study and determine the exact cause of the soil depressions and crypt damage at the cemetery and to propose possible solutions to these problems. Undergraduate student Jessica Mendez Carillo (Environmental Science major) is currently working on this project.
On October 11, the Department of Geological Sciences will celebrate the Centennial Homecoming with a day packed full of activities.