Students who successfully complete a minor in Geology are expected to:
Demonstrate knowledge of: the physical and chemical properties of the lithosphere and hydrosphere (minerals, rocks, soils, and water); geologic time and earth history; and crustal materials and dynamics in the context of plate tectonics theory;
Demonstrate competence in fundamental geological skills and quantitative analysis including: mineral, rock, and soil identification; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and cross-sections with basics of three-dimensional conceptualization; and the ability to collect and interpret field and laboratory observations;
Effectively communicate knowledge and interpretations using written, oral, and graphical skills on both a formal and an extemporaneous basis;
Gain an understanding of the societal relevance of earth systems.
Two two-credit courses (e.g., GEO 240, GEO 380) may be substituted for one of the three courses with permission of the department. Geology courses from study-abroad programs may substitute for some courses with consent of the department. Students are urged to consult the department chairperson in planning a minor program in Geology.