Minor in Geoscience

The Minor in Geoscience requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in Earth and Environmental Sciences courses, including 12 s.h. in advanced-level courses offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. EES:2410 Mineralogy and all Earth and Environmental Sciences 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 Earth and Environmental Sciences 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 Earth and Environmental Sciences that deal with important areas of earth materials and earth processes are as follows.

Minor in Geoscience Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:2410 Mineralogy 4 s.h.
EES:3020 Earth Surface Processes 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:1115 Big Ideas: The History and Science of Oil 3 s.h.
EES:3210 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h.
EES:3500 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (previously 012:052) 4 s.h.
EES:3840 Structural Geology (previously 012:092) 4 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4800 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.
EES:2831 Geologic Field Methods (previously 012:093) 3 s.h.
EES:5820 Tectonics 3 s.h.