About the Department

The Department of Geosciences at The University of Tulsa offers unparalleled educational and research opportunities for students interested in the Geosciences. The education that students receive in the department prepares them for entry into professional and service careers as well as for further graduate study. The department offers a range of degree programs at the undergraduate level, including BS and BA degrees with emphasis in geology, geophysics, environmental science, and biogeosciences. The BS degree tracks require from 125 to 133 credit hours. The BA degree tracks are fixed at 124 credit hours. Both the BA and BS tracks offer considerable flexibility that allows students to choose a wide range of electives. Any number of minors can be integrated into the undergraduate degree tracks, including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering, Physics, and others. Undergraduate students may take advantage of a research track, participating in the Geoscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program, receiving up to 9 credit hours of research credits (including senor thesis), or take advantage of professional internships available in industry, receiving up to 6 hours of internship credits.

Geosciences case in Keplinger Hall

Mineral Collection Adds Interest and Color

The family of Ed Siereveld donated his collection of minerals to the Geosciences Department.

The mineral collection currently being enjoyed by all visitors, students, faculty, and staff in the atrium on the main floor in Keplinger Hall was donated to the Geosciences Department by Arlene Siereveld of Wagoner, Oklahoma, to highlight the work of her late husband, Ed.

Ed was an electrical engineer, educator, and avid rock collector. His enjoyment of the vast collection extended to education. He would have classrooms of school children visit the basement of his home where the collection was always on display.

The specimens come from all over the world, sometimes with the same mineral represented from many different countries, such as the deep green Malachite minerals. There is beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli from Badakshan, Afghanistan and a lovely purple specimen called Charioite – found only in Russia. The collection also features many excellent specimens from the United States.

The collection was cataloged and photographed by Catherine Webster, currently the lab coordinator in the Geosciences Department. She also cleaned and filled the display cabinet with the specimens. There are many more pieces of interest and beauty that will be added to the case in the future.

All specimens are labeled with their name, location, and chemical formula. This information provides opportunities for students to learn more about the world around them. Ed Siereveld would be pleased with the attention his collection receives on a daily basis.

The department offers MS and PhD degrees in geology, and geophysics with emphasis in geochemistry, environmental or petroleum related topics. The graduate program offers intensive training and research opportunities at the cutting edge of selected disciplinary areas that prepares students for professional practice in their chosen field. The key areas of research opportunity at the graduate level include sequence stratigraphy, clastic and carbonate petrology, exploration geophysics, and geophysics of aquifers, petroleum geology and reservoir characterization, structural geology and tectonics. Graduates in the geosciences are highly sought after in the petroleum industry. Graduates of the program also work in academics in a variety of research areas. The MS and PhD program are research intensive and rely on close interaction between faculty and students.