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Earth Sciences Minors

Geology Minor

The minor in geology is designed to complement students majoring in another program on campus related to the earth sciences. The minor provides a general overview and context of the basic principles and concepts of geology. Additionally, the minor is a good option for people who are interested in geology but do not wish to pursue a career in the earth sciences.

  • The undergraduate minor in geology requires 18 credit hours of courses, with an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) and with no grade less than a C-.  At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be taken at IUPUI. In addition, recommended courses include one year of college chemistry and at least one course in college algebra.
  • Download the checksheet for the Geology Minor
  • Students must complete the following five courses which total 12 credit hours:
    • G110 Physical Geology (3 cr.)
    • G120 Physical Geology Lab (1 cr.)
    • G335 Evolution of Earth and Life (4 cr.)
    • G221 Mineralogy (4 cr.) -OR- G306 Earth Materials (4 cr.)
  • Students must complete an additional 6 credit hours minimum, including two of the following courses:
    • G222 Petrology (4 cr.)
    • G304 Paleontology (3 cr.)
    • G334 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 cr.)
    • G406 Geochemistry (3 cr.)
    • G415 Geomorphology (3 cr.)
    • G430 Hydrology (4 cr.)
    • G451 Hydrogeology (3 cr.)
    • Another 400-level geology course (with department approval)

Geochemistry Minor

Geochemistry is a state-of-the-art science that studies the abundance of elements and their movement through the Earth’s crust, atmosphere, oceans, lakes, and streams. Knowledge of the chemical and biological reactions that mobilize and transform elements within the environment is fundamental to a broad range of disciplines including geology, climate science, environmental science, microbiology, ecology, forensics and chemistry. This minor is ideal for Geology and Environmental Science students who have an interest in geochemistry, chemistry and chemical biology students who would like practical application of the chemical skills they have learned as part of their major, students in Forensic & Investigative Sciences who want to learn geochemical approaches, and Biology students who want to develop a broader environmental context for their research.

  • The Geochemistry Minor will consist of five courses (15-18 Credit Hours). Students must complete the five courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Credit will not be honored for courses completed with a grade lower than a C.
  • Download the Checksheet for the Geochemistry Minor
  • Choose five of the following courses (15-18 Credit Hours):
    • A minimum of which three courses (9 credit hours) must be GEOL-G courses:
      • GEOL-G406 Introduction to Geochemistry
      • GEOL-G482 Environmental Microbiology
      • GEOL-G483 Isotope Geochemistry
      • GEOL-G486 Soil Biogeochemistry
      • GEOL-G488 Global Cycles
    • And a maximum of two (2) courses/course sequences (6-9 credit hours) may come from the list below.
      • CHEM-C310 Analytical Chemistry and CHEM-C311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
      • CHEM-C341 Organic Chemistry I
      • CHEM-C360 Elementary Physical Chemistry
      • CHEM-C361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter
      • CHEM-C410 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation and CHEM-C411 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
      • BIOL-K411 Global Change Biology

Apply for a Minor

A decision to minor in geology should be made in consultation with a department undergraduate advisor. Once a student has completed the minor classes, they must file a form with the Earth Sciences Department. This form indicates they have completed the requirements in order for the minor to be noted on their transcript.