Geology (Minor)

Minor: Geology
Program Code: M420

About This Minor. . .

The Geology Minor is designed for students who wish to take additional basic geology courses in support of their degree aspirations in other areas. A total of 21 geology credit hours are required. Most classes have a strong field component so that students can enjoy the diverse geological setting of the Grand Junction area.  Laboratory work takes place in a state-of-the-art science complex.

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Institutional Minor Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU minors. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • A minor consists of 15-24 semester hours. There may be prerequisites required for the minor which will increase the total number of credit hours for a student who has not already taken those prerequisites.
  • Courses taken to satisfy Essential Learning, major requirements, or electives can be counted toward the minor if applicable.
  • At least 33 percent of the credit hours required for the minor must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • At least 25 percent of the classes must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher for the courses used for the minor.
  • A minor is not a degree by itself and must be earned at the same time as a baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor must be outside the major field of study.
  • A student may earn up to five minors with any baccalaureate degree at CMU.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements sheet you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Minor Requirements

(21 semester hours)

Select one of the following: 14
Principles of Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
GEOL 112
Principles of Historical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Historical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
GEOL 202Introduction to Field Studies3
Select one of the following: 23
Computer Applications in Geology
Environmental Geology
Select 7 semester hours (minimum) of the following:7
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Laboratory
Introduction to Engineering Geology
Introduction to Remote Sensing
and Introduction to Remote Sensing Laboratory
Crystallography and Mineralogy
and Crystallography and Mineralogy Laboratory
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
and Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory
Applied Geochemistry
Survey of Energy-Related Natural Resources
Survey of Mineral-Related Natural Resources
Applications of Geomorphology
and Applications of Geomorphology Laboratory
and Geophysics Laboratory
and Paleontology Laboratory
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
and Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Laboratory
Total Semester Credit Hours21

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a minor. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended minor.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a minor. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head for the minor. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

A minor cannot be awarded by itself.  It must be combined with a baccalaureate degree outside the major field of study. Students should follow the graduation process outlined for the baccalaureate degree and list their majors and minors on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.