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Undergraduate Studies

Why Earth Sciences?

Have you ever wondered...

  • Are we really running out of energy? Will we have to walk instead of drive? Why is there so much oil in Texas?

  • Why are volcanoes explosive? How are mountains formed?

  • Why are the continents where they are?

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

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 – Earth Science provides a rich and useful background.

Then Earth Sciences 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.

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

In August 2019, the Department of Earth Sciences moves to a modernized curriculum that offers a B.A. and B.S. in Earth Sciences and minors in Geology and Environmental Earth Sciences. Two new required courses at the 2000-level fully develop the dynamic nature of and the connections among the Earth’s interior, water, atmosphere, and life, both today and through geologic time, and the courses provide foundational content for advanced studies in Earth Sciences. Specialization at the upper level mimics previous degree programs (Geology, Geophysics, Environmental Sciences & Studies), but the revised curriculum offers students increased flexibility to self-designed studies in other areas of Earth Sciences. 

How do the new programs benefit students?

  • Modernized curriculum reflecting the breadth of Earth Sciences
  • Flexible to meet student’s individual interests
  • Provides better equivalencies for transfer students
  • Will better prepare students for post-undergraduate employment or graduate school

Degrees Offered, for student matriculated to SMU in August 2019 and beyond

Degrees Offered, for students matriculated to SMU prior to August 2019

How to Apply

To apply, visit the Admission Office.

You may also contact our Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Heather DeShon, 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.