Geological Sciences (Minor)

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

Degree Offered

Geological Sciences (Minor)
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Application Requirements

All students will be required to meet with an academic advisor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration to declare the minor and confirm that the requirements are being met. The student should also consult an academic advisor in the college or department of the major to make sure the college or department of the major allows the recognition of the minor. The Degree Audit Reporting system will be used for tracking student progress and verifying completion of the minor.

The minor in geological sciences consists of a minimum of 21 credit hours, at least thirteen credit hours of which must be completed at the upper-division level.

The following courses are required for the minor, adding up to 15 credit hours:

GLG 101 Introduction to Geology I (Physical), SQ (3)*
GLG 102 Introduction to Geology II (Historical), SG, H (3)**
GLG 103 Introduction to Geology I - Laboratory, SQ (1)*
GLG 104 Introduction to Geology II - Laboratory, SG (1)**
GLG 310 Structural Geology (3)
GLG 321 Mineralogy (3-4)
GLG 400 Earth and Space Exploration Colloquium (1)

*Both GLG 101 and 103 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
**Both GLG 102 and 104 must be taken to secure SG credit.

The remaining six credit hours of electives must be upper-division GLG courses, except GLG 300 and 400. In some cases, 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.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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