Texas Tech University

Geology and Geophysics


Red dots represent faculty research areas since 2010

The Geology and Geophysics Program provides a wide range of research and educational experiences in the field of Earth Science. The program has a strong commitment to research, education and outreach in the subdisciplines of geology and geophysics.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences (geology concentration)
  • Bachelor of Science in Geosciences (geology, geophysics, environmental concentration)
  • Master of Science in Geosciences
  • Ph.D. in Geosciences
  • At the undergraduate level, non-majors may choose to minor in either Geology or Geophysics as part of their degree plan – or Geosciences majors and non-majors may choose to minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology. 

Application Procedure

Admission to the graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School and is contingent upon acceptance by the department. Each applicant seeking admission to the Geology and Geophysics Program must therefore apply through both the Texas Tech University, Office of Graduate Admissions and the Geology and Geophysics Program in the Department of Geosciences.

Graduate Student Support

Teaching assistantships are available for qualified graduate student applicants on a competitive basis. These assistantships provide the opportunity for students to acquire instructional skills while further developing their understanding of topics in geology and geophysics. As a matter of university policy, out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for graduate students who serve as teaching assistants in the department.

Research assistantships might also be available for qualified applicants depending upon the research needs of the faculty. These research assistantships allow students to participate in funded research projects in the field of geology and geophysics. As is the case with teaching assistants, out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for graduate students who serve as research assistants in the department.