Geological Sciences Minor

The geological sciences minor offers an introduction to Earth’s systems and geological processes. Students in the minor gain a foundational understanding of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of Earth’s systems and their human interactions and impacts. The minor complements many primary areas of study in the natural and social sciences and has a wide array of applications especially in the management of natural resources, protection of the environment and in planning and policy making based on natural limitations on societal development. 

Minor Requirements (20 hours)

Course Title Credits
Prerequisite (may be used to fulfill a Carolina Core requirement)
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
Essentials of Physics I
and Essentials of Physics I Lab
Core Courses
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to the Earth
Environment of the Earth
Observing the Earth
Upper-Level Geology Courses
GEOL 302Rocks and Minerals4
Select three upper-level Geological Sciences courses, with at least two selected from the following:12
Earth Systems through Time
Surface and Near Surface Processes
Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Basins
Processes of Global Environmental Change
Igneous and Metamorphic Processes
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Total Credit Hours20

Note: PHYS 201 or PHYS 211 required for GEOL 355 and see MATH requirement for GEOL 345.