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Undergraduate Studies

Why Geology?

Have you ever wondered...

  • Are we really running out of energy? Will we have to walk instead of drive?

  • Why's there so much oil in Texas?

  • Why are volcanoes explosive? What about the ones in Colorado?

  • Why are the continents where they are?

  • How are oceans formed? Where are new oceans forming today?

  • How are mountains formed?

Are you interested in...

  • Pollution, global warming, extinctions, planetary evolution, plate tectonics and Earth history, mineral and energy resources, earthquake prediction, nuclear arms treaty verification.

Thought about a career in...

  • Medicine, law, public policy, public administration and communications – geology provides a rich and useful background. [Career Survey - PDF]

Then geology at SMU might be right for you!

  • Small, quality classes – 10 distinguished faculty members with international reputations in research; lab sessions that bring science to life. Most upper-division classes have 10 students or fewer.

  • Exciting field experiences – Do you love the great outdoors? Get out from behind the desk and travel to White Rock Creek (in urban Dallas) and enjoy natural hands-on labs; additional field trips include the Grand Canyon, Snake River Plain and Colorado Rockies.

  • Learning Relevant Material – Pros and cons of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, learn to read a road-cut at 65mph, find fossils and when to plan a vacation to Florida if you want to miss a hurricane.

  • Exciting Courses! – Oceanography, the Solar System, Face of the Earth, Modern & Ancient Climates, Global Perspectives on Environmental Issues, Science & Politics in a Nuclear Age.

  • Scholarships, internships, lab experience in state-of-the-art laboratories, senior research project.

Degrees Offered

How to Apply

To apply, visit the Admission Office.

You may also contact our Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Neil Tabor, or Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0395, USA. e-mail: Tel: 1-214-768-2750. Fax: 1-214-768-2701

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Financial Aid office at SMU has information about financial aid opportunites for undergraduate students.

View our scholarship PDF for information on departmental scholarships and how to apply.