Minor in Geoscience


The minor in geoscience requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in geoscience courses, including 12 s.h. in advanced-level courses offered by the Department of Geoscience at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Courses 012:041 Mineralogy, 012:112 Geologic Field Methods, 012:132 Structural Geology, 012:150 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and all geoscience courses numbered 100 and above are considered advanced for the minor.

College-level courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology usually are required as collateral work for geology students. Those seeking a minor in geoscience should be sufficiently prepared in the areas of supporting sciences before they take advanced courses in geoscience.
Recommended advanced courses in geoscience that deal with important areas of earth materials and earth processes are as follows.

012:041 Mineralogy 4 s.h.
012:102 Earth Surface Processes 3 s.h.
012:107 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
012:108 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
012:112 Geologic Field Methods (previously 012:093) 3 s.h.
012:114 Energy and the Environment 3 s.h.
012:121 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
012:130 Sedimentary Geology 3 s.h.
012:132 Structural Geology (previously 012:092) 4 s.h.
012:136 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
012:138 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
012:139 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h.
012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:150 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (previously 012:052) 4 s.h.
012:161 Stratigraphy 3 s.h.
012:179 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
012:180 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.
012:191 Geotectonics 3 s.h.