Minor

This minor is popular with many science and non-science majors alike. With today's emphasis on the environment and the impact human beings have upon it, the geology minor is especially appropriate. The minor covers many basic concepts about earth science and highlights environmental, societal, and geological concerns.

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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
Course and Credits Prerequisites/Corequisites*
GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy GLG 1XX, GLG 115
GLG 322 Structural Geology (4) GLG 301
GLG 450 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3) GLG 301, 322
GLG 461 Geophysics (3) MTH 151; PHY 171 or 181, 183
GLG 467 Seismology (3) MTH 151; PHY 171 or 181, 183

GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4)

GLG 322, 357
Theme 2: Earth's Resources
Course and Credits Prerequisites/Corequisites*
GLG 201 Mineralogy (4) None / CHM 137 or 141, 144
GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy GLG 1XX, GLG 115
GLG 307 Water and Society (3) GLG 1XX
GLG 244 Oceanography (3) Any natural science
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4) GLG 1XX, MTH 151
Theme 3: Earth's Climate and Climate Change
Course and Credits Prerequisites/Corequisites*
GLG 244 Oceanography (3) Any natural science
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3) GLG 1XX
GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4) GLG 244 or WCP 221 or 222
GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols (3) CLG 301 or 454
GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3) GLG 2XX or 3XX
Theme 4: The Hydrosphere
Course and Credits Prerequisites/Corequisites*
GLG 307 Water and Society (3) GLG 1XX
GLG 244 Oceanography (3) Any natural science
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3) GLG 1XX
GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4) GLG 244 or WCP 221 or 222
GLG 402 Geomicrobiology (3) GLG 1XX, CHM 137 or 141, 144, MBI 1XX

GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)

GLG 1XX, MTH 151
GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3) GLG 2XX or 3XX
Theme 5: Geochemistry
These Courses:
Course and Credits Prerequisites/Corequisites*
GLG 201 Mineralogy (4) None / CHM 137 or 141, 144
GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3) GLG 1XX / GLG 201, CHM 137 or 141, 144
And any 3 of the following:
GLG 417 Forensic Geochemistry (3) GLG 211
GLG 427 Isotope Geochemistry (3) GLG 211, 357
GLG 491 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3) GLG 211
GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3) GLG 211
GLG 432 Powder X-ray Diffraction and clays (3) GLG 201, 211
Theme 6: History of Life on Earth
And any 3 of the following:
Course and Credits Prerequisites/Corequisites*
GLG 204 Life on an Evolving Planet (4) GLG 1XX
GLG 474 Paleo –botany, -ecology, -climate (3) GLG 204

* or permission of instructor