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College of Arts & Sciences

Geological Sciences Minor

Faculty Contact: Dr. Eung Seok Lee

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. However, a number of other introductory-level courses can substitute with students entering the major after taking such diverse classes as The Mobile Earth (GEOL 1200), Natural Disasters (1350), and Water and Pollution (2310). (A full list is available below.) Entering students who have not taken GEOL 1010 or 2830 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 - Introduction to Geology 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 1700 - Metal, Stone, Energy, and Society Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2080 - Geology of the Solar System Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2110 - Introductory Oceanography 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
  • GEOL 2710 - Extreme Ancient Climates 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

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 4320 - Origin and Classification of Soils 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 4460 - Earth Systems Evolution Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4480 - Paleocology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4510 - Diagenesis Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4520 - Depositional Environments Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4530 - Physical Limnology 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 4640 - Regional Tectonics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4660 - Geodynamics: The Earth's Interior Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4670 - Tectonophysics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4710 - Advanced Environmental Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4730 - Forensic Geoscience 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 4830 - Field Hydrology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 4850 - Introduction to Applied Geophysics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4860 - Applied Seismology 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 4910 - Field Geology Credit Hours: 6.0

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