University Catalog 2023-2024

Geology (Minor)

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The Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a minor in Geology to majors in any field except geology. This program provides a means of recognition for students in any field who have a curiosity about the materials, structures and processes of the solid earth.


Admission into this minor program requires that the student be in good academic standing at the university. To officially enroll in the Minor program, students should contact Dr. Karl Wegmann. Dr. Wegmann will provide the student with the name of a geology faculty member who will act as the advisor for the student’s minor program.


Students should see Dr. Wegmann for certification of the minor, 2123 Jordan Hall. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.

Contact Person

Dr. Karl Wegmann
Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
2123 Jordan Hall

SIS Code: 17GM

Plan Requirements

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better in at all course work used toward minor.
Gateway Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections
Catastrophic Earth
Geology I: Physical
Environmental Issues in Water Resources
Introduction to Oceanography
MEA 110Geology I Laboratory1
MEA 202Geology II: Historical3
MEA 211Geology II Laboratory1
Elective Courses
Select 6-7 credits6-7
Environmental Geology
Life on Earth: Principles of Paleontology
Watershed Forensics
Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology
Marine Sediment Transport
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Introductory Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Structural Geology
Geologic Field Camp
Preparatory Course for Field Camp
Introduction to Geophysics
Exploration and Engineering Geophysics
Geomorphology: Earth's Dynamic Surface
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Special Topics in MEAS 1
Total Hours14-16