2017-2018 Academic Bulletin 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology Minor

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Geology Minor Learning Outcomes

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 of GEO 240 , GEO 301 , GEO 302 , GEO 303  or GEO 304  may be substituted for one of the three courses with permission of the department. Geology courses from the Duke Marine Program 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.

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