Geosciences Minor

The Geosciences Minor provides a selection of courses that will establish an understanding of the Earth’s history, evolution, and its properties. The courses in this minor emphasize the chemical, physical, and biological processes that shape the Earth system. Students completing this minor will gain knowledge in the methods geologists use to characterize geological processes, such as identifying rocks, minerals, and fossils. They will also examine the role of geological processes on geological hazards (e.g. volcanos, tsunami) and water and energy resources. The opportunity to gain skills analyzing data from laboratory and field settings supplement multiple other areas of study such as engineering, education, and business.

The Geosciences Minor requires 16 credit hours as follows:

GEO 303 or GEO 401Introduction to Geology / Physical Geology3 or 4
One of the following three courses:4
Life through Time 
Earth Materials 
Sedimentary Rocks 
Three upper-division GEO courses:9
Introductory Field Geology 
Computational Applications in the Geosciences 
Continental Tectonics 
Introduction to Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology 
Gems and Gem Minerals 
List of additional upper-division course options available on the JSG website.
Please Note: 
Registration for any of these courses requires that existing prerequisite course requirements are adequately met. 
Petitions to substitute another course to use toward any requirement must be submitted to the JSG Advising Office prior to the start of the semester in question.