Minor

The Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science offers a minor in Geology. As with all minors, this will satisfy the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement. You are welcome to explore many possible themes for this minor covering various aspects of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

A minimum GPA of 2.25 is required for all courses in the minor. No courses may be taken credit/no-credit. This minor is not available to Geology majors or Earth Science Education majors. All prerequisites must be observed.

Program Requirements

  1. One of these 100-level courses

    GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth (3)
    GLG 121, Environmental Geology (3)
    GLG 141, Geology of US National Parks (3)
    GLG F108, Geology and Geopolitics: Silk Road (3)

  2. Laboratory course

    GLG 115.L, Understanding the Earth (1)

  3. Electives, 14 credits required. Any combination of Geology courses at the 200-level or above from the following list:

    GLG 201 Minerology (4)
    GLG 204 Survival on an Evolving Planet (4)
    GLG 205 Evolution and Earth Systems (3)
    GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)
    GLG 217 Planetary Geology (3)
    GLG 244 Oceanography (3)
    GLG 261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3)
    GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
    GLG 305 Tropical Ecosystems (3)
    GLG 307 Water and Society (3)
    GLG 322 Structural Geology (4)
    GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3)
    GLG 354 Geomorphology (4)
    GLG 357 Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (4)
    GLG 402 Geomicrobiology (3)
    GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)
    GLG 411A Field Geology (6)
    GLG 417 Forensic Geochemistry (3)
    GLG 427 Isotope Geochemistry (3)
    GLG 428 Groundwater flow modeling (4)
    GLG 432 Powder X-Ray Diffraction and Clay (3)
    GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols (3)
    GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3)
    GLG 450 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3)
    GLG 461 Geophysics (3)
    GLG 467 Seismology (3)
    GLG 474 Paleo botany, ecology, climate (3)
    GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3)
    GLG 482 Contaminant Hydrogeology (4)
    GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4)

In addition, students may apply to the minor a maximum of three credits from any Geology workshop with the approval of the CDA.

Please contact the Geology Department (9-3216, Room 114 Shideler Hall) or Jonathan Levy (9-1947, Room 108 Shideler Hall, levyj@muohio.edu) to enroll or to get more information regarding the Geology minor, Geology major or Geology thematic sequences.

Themes for the Geology Minor

Although a theme is not required, minors can be designed to include any combination of courses at the 200- level or above or they can be designed to emphasize various themes of interest. Examples are presented below for ways to design different themes with the 14 required credits of Electives.

Theme 1: Plate Tectonics
Choose from any of these courses to make 14 credits:
 Course and Credits   Semester   Prerequisites/Corequisites* 
 GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy   Spring  GLG 1XX, GLG 115
 GLG 322 Structural Geology (4)   Fall  GLG 301
 GLG 450 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3)   Odd Springs   GLG 301, 322
 GLG 461 Geophysics (3)  Odd Falls  MTH 151 or 153; PHY 171 or 181, 183 
 GLG 467 Seismology (3)   Even Falls  MTH 151 or 153; PHY 171 or 181, 183 

 GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4) 

 Even Springs  GLG 322, 357 
Theme 2: Earth's Resources
Choose from any of these courses to make 14 credits:
 Course and Credits   Semester   Prerequisites/Corequisites* 
 GLG 201 Mineralogy (4)   Fall  None / CHM 137 or 141, 144 
 GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy   Fall  GLG 1XX, GLG 115 
 GLG 307 Water and Society (3)   Fall, Spring  GLG 1XX
 GLG 244 Oceanography (3)   Fall, Spring  Any natural science 
 GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)   Fall  GLG 1XX, MTH 151 or 153 
Theme 3: Earth's Climate and Climate Change
 Course and Credits   Semester   Prerequisites/Corequisites* 
 GLG 244 Oceanography (3)   Fall, Summer  Any natural science
 GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3)   Odd Falls  GLG 1XX
 GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4)   Even Springs   GLG 244 or WCP 221 or 222 
 GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols (3)   Even Springs  CLG 301 or 454
 GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3)   Odd Springs  GLG 2XX or 3XX1 
Theme 4: The Hydrosphere
Choose from any of these courses to make 14 credits:
 Course and Credits   Semester   Prerequisites/Corequisites* 
 GLG 307 Water and Society (3)   Fall, Spring  GLG 1XX
 GLG 244 Oceanography (3)   Fall, Spring  Any natural science
 GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3)   Odd Falls  GLG 1XX
 GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4)   Not currently   GLG 244 or WCP 221 or 222 
 GLG 402 Geomicrobiology (3)   Even Falls  GLG 1XX, CHM 137 or 141, 144, MBI 1XX 

 GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4) 

 Fall  GLG 1XX, MTH 151 or 153 
 GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3)   Even Springs  GLG 2XX or 3XX1 
Theme 5: Geochemistry
These Courses:
 Course and Credits   Semester   Prerequisites/Corequisites* 
 GLG 201 Mineralogy (4)   Fall   None / CHM 137 or 141, 144 
 GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)   Fall   GLG 1XX / GLG 201, CHM 137 or 141, 144 
And any 3 of the following:
 GLG 417 Forensic Geochemistry (3)   Even Fall   GLG 211 
 GLG 427 Isotope Geochemistry (3)   Odd Falls   GLG 211, 357 
 GLG 491 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3)   Not currently   GLG 211 
 GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3)   Odd Falls   GLG 211 
 GLG 432 Powder X-ray Diffraction and clays (3)   Odd Springs   GLG 201, 211 
Theme 6: History of Life on Earth
And any 3 of the following:
 Course and Credits   Semester   Prerequisites/Corequisites* 
 GLG 204 Life on an Evolving Planet (4)   Fall   GLG 1XX 
 GLG 474 Paleo –botany, -ecology, -climate (3)   Odd Spring   GLG 204 

* or permission of instructor