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College of Arts and Sciences

Geological Sciences Minor

earth and environmental sciences

In addition to the two major programs, a student may choose to minor in Geological Sciences. The minor is designed to be flexible and to allow the interested student to explore an area of interest in the earth sciences without the formal commitment of a major. Students interested in declaring a minor in the department should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Alan Kafka) for advising about course selections.

A minor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences consists of a minimum of six courses in the department structured as follows:

  • Two required courses (eight credits):
    • Exploring the Earth I (GE 132) with laboratory (GE 133)
    • Earth Materials (GE 220) with laboratory (GE 221)
  • At least seven additional credits from departmental courses numbered 100 or higher.
  • At least three additional credits from a departmental course numbered 200 or higher.
  • At least three additional credits from a departmental course numbered 300 or higher.

Each student’s minor program must be approved in advance by a faculty advisor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Students should be aware that many upper-level courses have prerequisites in geoscience, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Consult this catalog or a departmental advisor, and keep in mind that these pre-requisites must be considered in designing a specific minor program. The minor program allows students flexibility in their choice of courses. Minor programs can be designed to emphasize specific areas of concentration within the broad range of subjects of the earth sciences.