Geology is the study of the surface of the Earth and the rocks and processes that created it. Field methods, interpretation of rocks, and modern plate-tectonic models are emphasized, with the goals of finding valuable or hazardous materials and inferring geologic history. These skills are valuable in engineering, urban planning, and environmental and resource studies.
To enter the Geology minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
Required Lower-Division Courses (8 to 9 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 61.
Required Upper-Division Courses (22 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 112, 119, and three courses from C107, 116, 125, 133, 139, 150, 171.
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.