Earth Science Minor
David Dobson, Department of Geology and Earth Sciences
The earth science minor is designed for students who would like to gain significant experience in the geological sciences. This minor is suitable for students from every division on campus, including humanities, social sciences, arts and business and policy studies. For instance, an English major might go on to become a technical writer or editor; an art major might be interested in clay and glaze mineralogy or gemology; social scientists may wish to study GIS and mapping techniques; and pre-law students could go on to study environmental law. Majors in the other sciences, including physics, chemistry and biology, could all find the skills learned in the minor useful to their future careers. The most important and rapidly growing fields of science are those that are appearing at the intersections of scientific disciplines.
The minor in earth science is not available to geology and earth sciences majors.
The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).
- GEOL 121 Geology and the Environment or GEOL 141 Oceanography – 4 credits
- Two courses from: 8 credits
- GEOL 122 Historical Geology
- GEOL 223 Hydrology
- GEOL 242 Natural Science Seminars
- GEOL 311 Optical Mineralogy
- GEOL 312 Petrology
- GEOL 340 Images of the Earth: GIS and Remote Sensing
- GEOL 415 Paleontology
- GEOL 450 Special Topics
- One course from: 4 credits
- GEOL 335 Structural Geology
- GEOL 416 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
- IDS 437 Barrier Islands: Ecology & Development
- IDS 461 Nothin’ But Disasters
- IDS 472 Environmental Planning
- Other advanced geology or geology-related IDS courses may also be approved
Total credit hours required for Earth Science Minor – 16 credits
The minor’s entry point is GEOL 121 or 141. Then students may select from a number of geology lab courses and finally take a specially designated capstone course.