Geological Sciences (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Are you interested in discovering more about Earth's present, past and future? Join students and faculty who are exploring the physics and chemistry of Earth's interior, mapping surface processes and structures, applying novel analysis techniques to earth materials and investigating Earth--climate interactions.

Program Description

The geological sciences minor is designed for students interested in developing a basic understanding of earth science and analyzing issues through a scientific viewpoint.

Program Requirements

The minor in geological sciences consists of 21 credit hours, of which at least 13 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Required Courses -- 15 credit hours
GLG Upper Division Electives -- 6 credit hours

Courses in other related subjects may be approved by an academic advisor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Students should receive approval for substitutions prior to registration.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in earth and environmental studies; BS in earth and space exploration (astrobiology and biogeosciences); BS in earth and space exploration (geological sciences)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

The geological sciences minor provides a solid background in earth materials and processes that are fundamental to careers in environmental engineering and planning, science education, hydrogeology, water resources, and scientific publishing, and in many other government and nongovernmental agencies.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

  • Growth: 5%
  • Median Salary*: 71890
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Restoration Planners

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 76480
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: 88900

Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 98740
  Bright Outlook

Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 4.4%
  • Median Salary*: 81920

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: 87480
  Bright Outlook

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

  • Growth: 2.1%
  • Median Salary*: 107970

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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