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Geophysics Minor

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GPHYS)

The Geophysics minor provides the opportunity for students from outside the Geosciences to apply the physics, quantitative, and technical skills they are developing in their major program to the geophysical aspects of Earth Science, including seismology, volcanology, natural hazards, environmental geophysics, and petroleum and mineral exploration. For students majoring in Geosciences, the completion of the minor will strengthen their physics/quantitative background and develop links between theory and application for these technical and quantitative skills. The minor will prepare students for graduate programs in geophysics, and/or employment opportunities in the environmental and exploration industries. The minor consists of 18-20 credits satisfying the requirements below.

A grade of C or better is required for each course in the minor.

Recommended Scheduling by Semester Standing (e.g., Sem: 1-2)


GEOSC 1(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18-21 credits)
Select 4 credits from:

Non-Geoscience Majors (i.e., Math, Physics, Engineering):
GEOSC 203(4) (Sem: 3-7)

Geoscience Majors:
PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

Non-Geoscience Majors (i.e., Math, Physics, Engineering):
Select 3 credits from: GEOSC 1(3); GEOSC 10 GN(3); GEOSC 40 GN(3); GEOSC 109H GN(3); EARTH 2 GN(3); EARTH 101 GN;US(3); EARTH 105 GN;IL(3); EARTH 106 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 11-13 credits from: GEOSC 402 IL(3); GEOSC 434(3); GEOSC 452(3); GEOSC 483(3); GEOSC 487(3); GEOSC 488(4); GEOSC 489(4) (Sem: 5-8)

Geoscience Majors: (Geoscience majors may not double count these courses in their major)
Select 3-4 credits from: MATH 220 GQ(2-3); MATH 230(4); MATH 231(2); MATH 232(2); MATH 250(3); MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 11-13 credits from: GEOSC 402 IL(3); GEOSC 434 (3); GEOSC 452(3); GEOSC 483(3); GEOSC 487(3); GEOSC 488(4); GEOSC 489(4) (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-01-059

Review Date: 8/25/2015



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