Minor in Geology

Have you enjoyed Geology 101, 110T, or 140 and want to learn more? Are you interested in the environment, or are in an environmentally related field? Are you simply curious about the world around you and want to know more about how the Earth works? If so, then you should consider a minor in Geological Sciences.

The geology minor provides students with a solid background in the basics of geology, proving invaluable for future K-12 teachers and expanding employment opportunities for biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering, anthropology, and geography majors. Students from majors such as journalism, political sciences, communication and business (e.g., marketing) also benefit from the geology minor, especially if their interests are in environmentally-related areas. Even students in seemingly unrelated majors will benefit by learning more about the Earth, preparing for Earth-friendly careers, and becoming more environmentally aware citizen-scientists.

Requirements for a Minor in Geological Sciences

  • A minimum of 20 units in geological sciences
  • 12 units must be distinct and different from major requirements
  • At least 12 units must be upper division units (6 units must be in residence)
  • No more than 3 units of Geol 310T may be applied to the minor

At least 12 units toward the Minor in Geological Sciences must be upper division; at least six of which must be taken in residence. Up to three units of GEOL 310T may be applied. Prospective minors should make an appointment with a department adviser in order to select courses that most closely match their educational goals. Prospective teachers should include courses in physical geology, Earth history, hydrology and surface processes, oceanography, mineralogy, petrology, plus GEOL 420.

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For more information about a minor in Geology, please contact our undergraduate advisor, Dr. Nicole Bonuso, at (657) 278-3882.  You are also welcome to visit our department in Room 254, McCarthy Hall, or write to:

Department of Geological Sciences

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA 92834-6850