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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. 
  • Students must complete the following five courses which total 12 credit hours:
    • G110 (3 cr.)
    • G120 (1 cr.)
    • G130 (1 cr.)
    • G209 (3 cr.)
    • G221 (4 cr.) -OR- G306 (4 cr.)
  • Students must complete an additional 6 to 7 credit hours minimum, including two of the following courses:
    • G222 (4 cr.)
    • G304 (3 cr.)
    • G334 (4 cr.)
    • G406 (3 cr.)
    • G415 (3 cr.)
    • G430 (4 cr.)
    • G451 (3 cr.)

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Apply for the Minor

A decision to minor in geology should be made in consultation with a department undergraduate advisor.

Students must file a form with the Earth Sciences Department indicating that they have completed the requirements in order for the minor to be noted on their transcript.