Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Geochemistry Minor

Geochemistry emphasizes use of minerals, magmas, elements, and isotopes to date events, determine rates, and track matter through its cycles in the planets and biosphere. These skills are valuable in environmental and natural-resource work and anthropology, as well as in studying the histories of the planets.

To enter the Geochemistry minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower-Division Courses (8 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 51.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 to 26 units): Two courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences C106, C107, C109, and three courses from 103A, 103B, 103C, C106 or C107 or C109 (whichever course was not applied above), 152, 153.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.