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Geological Sciences Minor

Faculty Contact: Dr. Greg Nadon

Program Overview

The minor in geological sciences provides students the opportunity to develop a moderate level of specialization in geological sciences.

The program begins with an introductory geology course, most often GEOL 1010 - How the Earth Works. However, a number of other introductory-level courses can substitute with students entering the minor after taking such diverse classes as GEOL 1200 - The Mobile Earth, GEOL 1350 - Natural Disasters, and GEOL 2310 - Water and Pollution (2310). (A full list is available below.) Entering students who have not taken GEOL 1010 or GEOL 2830 – Geology for Engineers complete a 1-credit lab (GEOL 2020).

Careers

The geological sciences minor can provide a degree of breadth to students majoring in fields that have needs for some geological training as part of a career in fields such as environmental science, governmental science positions, and a variety of environmental careers ranging from direct scientific investigation from a non-geological science field that requires some geological knowledge to a more politically based career that requires the same knowledge.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Minor Requirements

Minor code: OR3321

Minor Hours Requirement

The geological sciences minor requires a minimum of 19 hours.

Minor Core Requirements

This requirement may be satisfied by taking one of the three following options.

Option 1

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 1010 - How the Earth Works Credit Hours: 4.0
Option 2

Complete the following course, plus an additional course as a prerequisite:

  • GEOL 2020 - Introductory Geology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0

Plus one of the following courses:

  • GEOL 1200 - The Mobile Earth Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 1300 - Geology of the National Parks Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 1350 - Natural Disasters Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2080 - Geology of the Solar System Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2150 - Environmental Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2210 - Earth and Life History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2310 - Water and Pollution Credit Hours: 3.0
Option 3

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 2830 - Geology for Engineers Credit Hours: 4.0

Geological Sciences Minor Required Course

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 2550 - Historical Geology Credit Hours: 3.0

Upper Level Course Requirements

Note: You cannot receive credit for both GEOL 3120 and GEOL 3150.

Complete a minimum of four of the following courses:

  • GEOL 3050 - Statistical Methods in Geology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3120 - Earth Materials and Resources Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3150 - Mineralogy Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3201 - Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3300 - Principles of Geomorphology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3400 - Principles of Paleontology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3600 - Structural Geology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3910 - Internship Credit Hours: 1.0-15.0
  • GEOL 4080 - Planetary Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4090 - Geology of Mars Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4260 - Principles of Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4270 - Water Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4280 - Physical Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4290 - Contaminant Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4390 - Fluvial Geomorphology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4430 - Paleobiogeography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4440 - Ichnology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4480 - Paleoecology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4510 - Diagenesis Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4520 - Depositional Environments Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4540 - Carbonate Depositional Systems I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4541 - Carbonate Depositional Systems II Credit Hours: 1.0
  • GEOL 4560 - Paleopedology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4570 - Petroleum Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4580 - Fluvial Sedimentology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4710 - Advanced Environmental Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4760 - Subsurface Methods Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4800 - Principles of Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4811 - Advanced Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4890 - Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • GEOL 4901 - Geologic Studies Credit Hours: 1.0-6.0
  • GEOL 4902 - Seminar in Geology Credit Hours: 1.0-2.0
  • GEOL 4960 - Field Geology Credit Hours: 6.0

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