Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by learning more about the materials, processes and history of the Earth.
Geology is more than just the study of rocks, it plays an important role in some of the most important problems our world faces, including climate change, natural disasters, energy sources and sustainability.

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Why Earn a Geology Minor?

A minor in geology offers an increased focus on the physical sciences within geography. Students interested in careers that focus on landforms, physical environment processes, and past landscapes are encouraged to obtain a minor in Geography.

Geology Minor Highlights

Highly successful faculty with cutting-edge research.
Engaging undergrad and graduate programs.
Active student organizations related to programs.
High investment in students by faculty.
Students employed in a diverse array of internships and careers.

Geology Minor Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Geology (3 hrs)
Systematic exploration of planet Earth, including processes that have shaped it over geologic time and continue today. Topics include plate tectonics, mountain building, and rock cycles; origins and distribution of energy, mineral and soil resources; geologic hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and coastal storms.
Geology of Texas (3 hrs)
Rocks, minerals, fossils and geologic history of Texas; the state’s stratigraphic sequence, structural geology and mineral resources; field trips.
Environmental Geology (3 hrs)
Environmental geology is applied geology and focuses on applying geologic information to solve conflicts in land use, to minimize environmental degradation, and to maximize the beneficial results of using natural and modified environments. The application of geology to these problems includes the study of the following five subjects: 1) earth materials; 2) natural hazards; 3) land for site selection, land-use planning; 4) hydrologic processes; and 5) geologic processes.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes (3 hrs)
Use scientific methods and models to understand the causes of earthquakes and volcanoes, their effects on communities, and our best practices for mitigating these hazards. Evaluate the scientific, economic, and ethical viewpoints that inform personal and societal preparedness, response, and mitigation using examples from recent and historic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Ecosystems: Structure, Function and Services (3 hrs)
Examines interactions between organisms and the physical environment as an integrated system and the factors that regulate the quantity and flow of materials and energy through ecosystems. Covers the history and use of the ecosystem concept, factors governing the distribution and structure of ecosystems, relationships between ecosystem structure and function, and the influence of natural and human processes on ecosystem dynamics.
Historical Geology (3 hrs)
Topics include stratigraphy, sedimentology, plant and animal fossils, geologic time, continental drift, tectonics, former seas and past environments. Emphasis on geologic history of North America. Field trips.

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