The Minor in Geology

Course Requirements for the Minor: 22 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Students majoring in Geology may not pursue a minor in Geology.

5 courses required:

GEOS 102 Physical Geology 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.
GEOS 203 Principles of Historical Geology 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102.
GEOS 306 Mineralogy and Lithology 4.0 FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent; or faculty permission.
GEOS 307 Stratigraphy 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 and GEOS 306 (both may be taken concurrently), or faculty permission.
GEOS 360 Field Methods 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306, GEOS 307.

7 units selected from:

GEOS 303 Invertebrate Paleontology 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 or course in Biology.
GEOS 361 Preparation of the Geological Report 1.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, GEOS 360.
GEOS 402 Optical Mineralogy 1.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306 with grade of C- or better. Must be taken concurrently with GEOS 403.
GEOS 403 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306 with grade of C- or better. Must be taken concurrently with GEOS 402.
GEOS 408 Structural Geology 4.0 FA
Prerequisites: High school or college trigonometry; GEOS 203; GEOS 307 with grade of C- or higher.
GEOS 415 Hydrogeology 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 306, GEOS 380, MATH 120; PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A. Recommended: GEOS 307.
GEOS 436 Volcanology 3.0 S1
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102, GEOS 306.
GEOS 471 Field Geology 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 360, GEOS 361, GEOS 408 (with grade of C- or higher in all courses).
GEOS 549 Economic Geology 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: GEOS 306, GEOS 307.
GEOS 555 Sedimentary Basin Analysis 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 307, GEOS 403.
GEOS 565 Geochemistry 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 102. Recommended: GEOS 306.
GEOS 570 Environmental and Engineering Geology 3.0 S1
Prerequisites: GEOS 102, GEOS 203, GEOS 306. For majors in related sciences and technical fields, GEOS 102 only.
GEOS 572 Advanced Field Geology 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 403, GEOS 471.
GEOS 580 Geological Evolution of North America 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 555, senior standing in Geology major, or faculty permission.