The minor program in Geological Sciences is meant for students who would like to acquire a basic knowledge of geology in addition to their major area of study. The Arts and Sciences requirements for a minor include a minimum of 18 credit hours in the minor area, including a minimum of 9 upper-division hours. The Departmental requirements for the minor are listed below. The Department strongly urges that students interested in pursuing a minor in geology consult a Departmental advisor.

Requirements 

1. 1000-level introductory courses:

  • Any two of the following 3-credit courses:
    GEOL1010, 1012, 1020, 1040, 1060, 1150, 1170, 1180 
  • Plus an introductory laboratory course: 1030-1 Introduction to Geology Laboratory

2. At least one of the following laboratory or field-oriented courses:

  • 2001-4 Planet Earth
  • 2700-2 Introduction to Field Geology 
  • 3010-3 Introduction to Mineralogy 
  • 3023-3 Statistics for Earth Sciences 
  • 3120-4 Structural Geology 
  • 3410-3 Paleobiology 
  • 3430-4 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 
  • 4060-4 Oceanography 
  • 4093-4 Remote Sensing of the Environment 
  • 4130-4 Geophysics and Tectonics 
  • 4241-4 Principles of Geomorphology 
  • 3. Additional geology coursework to bring the total upper division credit hours to 9 and total credit hours in geology to 18.