Geosciences (Minor)

**New Fall 2021**

The Earth Sciences minor has been renamed to "Geosciences" and has an updated curriculum structure.

The geoscience minor can complement a wide variety of disciplinary majors, is relevant to many contemporary environmental issues and problems, and is central to understanding Earth-system evolution, dynamics, climate, resource management, natural disasters, clean air and water, marine and coastal systems, and sustainability.

The minor in geosciences consists of thirty units of course work, at least twenty of which must be upper division. Up to two courses for the minor may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis (upper or lower division). Students must earn a letter grade of at least C– in the remaining five or more courses used for the minor.

Please note that all academic advising questions (for current students) are handled via the Virtual Advisor.

Lower-Division Requirements

  • SIO 50. Introduction to Physical Geology (six units)
  • SIO 75. Geological History of the Earth (four units)
  • SIO 65. Geosciences Seminar (two units) *Recommended but not required*

Upper-Division Requirements