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Geology

Students in other disciplines may elect to complete a minor in Geology by choosing a geological subject emphasis. The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department sponsors a number of minor programs, including minors in General Geology, Engineering Geology, Geochemistry, Paleobiology

Requirements: 

General Geology Emphasis

19-20 units

Complete the following courses (19-20 units)​

  • GEL 050 Physical Geology (3 units)
    • Or GEL 001 The Earth (4 units)
  • GEL 050L Physical Geology Laboratory (2 units)
  • GEL 101 Structural Geology (3 units)
  • GEL 107 Earth History: Paleobiology (3 units)
  • GEL 108 Earth History: Paleoclimates (3 units)
  • GEL 109 Earth History: Sediments and Strata (2 units)
  • GEL 116N Oceanography (3 units)
    • Or GEL 134 Environmental Geology and Land Use Planning (3 units)

Total = 19-21 units

 

Engineering Geology Emphasis

19-24 units

Complete the following courses (10 units)​

  • GEL 050 Physical Geology (3 units)
  • GEL 050L Physical Geology Laboratory (2 units)
  • ECI 171 Soil Mechanics (4 units)
  • ECI 171L Soil Mechanics Laboratory (1 unit)

Choose three courses (9-14 units)​

  • GEL 134 Environmental Geology and Land Use Planning (3 units)
  • GEL 161 Geophysical Field Methods (3 units)
  • GEL 162 Geophysics of the Solid Earth (3 units)
  • HYD 103N Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (4 units)
  • HYD 144 Groundwater Hydrology (4 units)
  • HYD 146 Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport (5 units)
  • SSC 118 Soils in Land Use and the Environment (4 units)
  • SSC 120 Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification (4 units)

Total = 19-24 units

 

Geochemistry Emphasis 

21-24 units

  • GEL 060 Earth Materials: Introduction (4 units)
  • GEL 146 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry (3 units)
    • or GEL 148 Stable Isotopes and Geochemical Tracers 3
  • CHE 110A Physical Chemistry: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4
  • CHE 110B Physical Chemistry: Properties of Atoms and Molecules 4

Note: Chemistry majors may substitute one of the elective courses for Chemistry 110B.

Choose two electives (6-9 units)

  • CHE 110C Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Equilibria and Kinetics (4 units)
  • GEL 108 Earth History: Paleoclimates (3 units)
  • GEL 146 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry (3 units)
  • GEL 148 Stable Isotopes and Geochemical Tracers (3 units)
  • HYD 134 Aqueous Geochemistry (6 units)
  • SSC 102 Environmental Soil Chemistry (3 units)

Note: Chemistry 110C and Materials Science and Engineering 134 cannot both be counted toward the minor.

Total = 21-24 units

 

Paleobiology Emphasis

20 units

Choose four courses (11 units)

  • GEL 107 Earth History: Paleobiology (3 units)
  • GEL 107L Earth History: Paleobiology Laboratory (2 units)
  • GEL 108 Earth History: Paleoclimates (3 units)
  • GEL 141 Evolutionary History of Vertebrates (3 units)
    • or GEL 144 Historical Ecology (3 units)

Choose at least 9 units

  • ANT 151 Primate Evolution (4 units)
  • ANT 152 Human Evolution (5 units)
  • EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution (4 units)
  • EVE 101 Introduction to Ecology (4 units)
  • EVE 102 Population and Quantitative Genetics (4 units)
  • EVE 105 Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure (4 units)
  • EVE 112 Biology of Invertebrates (3 units)
  • EVE 112L Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (2 units)
  • EVE 140 Paleobotany (4 units)
  • EVE 149 Evolution of Ecological Systems (4 units)
  • GEL 109 Earth History: Sediments and Strata (2 units)
  • GEL 150C Biological Oceanography (4 units)

Total = 20 units

Minor Advisors

Please consult the department office in 2119 Earth and Physical Sciences.