We strongly recommend that you see your faculty advisor at least once every academic year. We help you in scheduling the sequence of courses and advise you in the selection of electives. Because some courses are offered in alternating years, it is important to plan ahead. If you don't have a faculty advisor yet or don't know who that is, contact Dr. Tania Anders, Geology Program Coordinator (office in CS 202).
Field camp: Geology majors have to attend a summer field camp as their capstone course. Here is a link to a list of field camps that are open to outside students. An excellent camp is also that of the University of New Mexico (deadline May 6). Additional printed announcements are found on the geology bulletin board on the second floor of the Center for the Sciences.
Staying informed: Subscribe to the Geology Student Listserv by requesting to be added to the geoclub - Geology Club listserv. send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to do so. This is our official electronic bulletin board. It is used to communicate useful, timely updates about geology internships, jobs, scholarships, seminars, A&M-Corpus Christi geology courses, and general news to you via email. Announcements may include important changes to the course schedule. Please check your e-mail regularly.
Are you considering working for a petroleum company? If so, read this survey of eighty-eight national and international companies--this is what they want to see in your résumé. Note the trend toward requiring a Masters degree. A Masters degree is generally not required for work in geotechnical and environmental consulting.
Many states, including Texas, require a professional license for many types of professional work in geosciences (exceptions are in the oil and gas business and in research or when supervised by a licensed geoscientist). Licensing is administered by the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and state sections such as the AIPG-Texas. Licensing requires work experience, an exam, and specific academic course work (see the application form for a list of these courses).
Here are some links for websites with job ads in the geosciences:
Geological Society of America Classified Ads and Employment Services
AIPG Job Target (click on job target link)
New Scientist Jobs (non-US only)
The Environmental Careers Organization
NASA career resources
Geotimes classified (American Geological Institute)
EOS (American Geophysical Union, membership ID required)
Consider joining a scientific/professional organization. For reduced student rates, you get their publications which include some of the top-ranked geoscience publications. You can also attend their national and regional meetings at a discount which offer good opportunities for job networking. Several offer student grants. Here are some links:
Geological Society of America (GSA)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
Association of Women Geologists (AWG)
National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG).
Sigma Gamma Epsilon is the National Honors Society for the Earth Sciences (campus rep Dr. Weber)
The Corpus Christi Geological Society (CCGS) and Coastal Bend Geophysical Society (CBGS) offer monthly luncheons with invited speakers. These meetings provide opportunities to meet local professional geologists. They also offer undergraduate student grants. Calls for applications are posted on the geology listserv.