Geosciences, Minor

Program Code: GEOSC_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of 18 credits of course work, some of which are filled through specific courses as indicated below.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
GEOSC 21Earth and Life: Origin and Evolution Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 201Earth Materials4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
or GEOSC 20 Planet Earth Keystone/General Education Course
or GEOSC 71
GEOSC 470WIntroduction to Field Geology3
or EMSC 470W Undergraduate Collaborative Research in Earth and Materials Sciences
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 5 credits from a number of courses covering a variety of disciplines and fields of interest 15

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Jacob Hoover
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
542 Deike Building
University Park, PA 16802


University Park

503 Deike Building
University Park, PA 16802