Why study geology?

In Geology you get to apply techniques and knowledge from chemistry, physics, biology and math to answer important questions about Earth processes, history and future. Geologists are in demand to evaluate geologic hazards, evaluate natural resources, and understand the environment.

Our Geology Minor is built to be flexible depending on your interests! This is a great way to show future employers that you're dedicated to geology, but without taking the full suite of Major hours.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor requires 18 to 23 hours of geology courses, of which 12 hours must be junior/senior hours or higher (courses numbered 300 or above).

Geology Minor Course Requirements (5)
Students selecting this minor must complete the following:
Introduction to Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 101The Way The Earth Works3
Geology Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 103Geology Fundamentals Laboratory2
Geology Required Electives (13)13
Students selecting this minor must complete a minimum of 13 hours in geology courses. GEOL 311 and GEOL 331 are recommended because they are necessary as prerequisites for many upper-division courses. Only one geology course fulfilling KU Core Goal 4 or 5 may count towards these 13 hours.

Students must work with an advisor to select courses to complete the requirements for the minor. Students must turn in a signed Geology Minor Advising form and a Minor Declaration form to the department office, 120 Lindley Hall, before taking any courses numbered 500 or above.

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.