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The study of the physical sciences requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problem-solving skills.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Gain a strong background in the earth sciences.
  • Gain knowledge and skills for communicating the relevance of Earth systems science.
  • Apply knowledge of geoscience to other academic and professional fields.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Geosciences Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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16-20 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements


Minor core requirements (7-8 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
GEO-101 Physical Geology 3 credits
GEO-150 Physical Geography 3 credits
ENV-160 Physical Environmental Systems 3 credits


Complete two of the following (6-8 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
GEO-310 Earth's Dynamic Climate System 3 credits
GEO-320 Watershed Hydrology 3 credits
ENV-350 Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) 2 credits
PHY-231 General Physics I 3 credits
PHY-271 Analytical Physics I 4 credits


Complete one Mathematics course (3-4 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-125 Data Analysis and Statistics 3 credits
MAT-150 Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach 4 credits
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits


Professor and students doing field research

Off the GridYotes do backcountry research

C of I Professor Jaime Goode took two students along for a hands-on summer research adventure deep in Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.