Wilkes University

Geology Minor

The Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences department offers a minor in geology for students to focus their studies in solid earth geoscience.

The geology minor integrates classroom, laboratory and field studies to teach students how geologists, in their quest for greater understanding of earth processes and resources, gather and interpret data about the earth.

Requirements for a minor in Geology: 
  • a minimum of 18 credits in EES/ENV geology courses
  • 15 of the 18 credits must be 200 level or above
  • minimum grade of 2.0 in courses toward minor
  • completion of a "Declaration of Minor" form

The geology minor integrates classroom, laboratory and field studies to teach students how geologists, in their quest for greater understanding of earth processes and resources, gather and interpret data about the earth. From geologic hazards assessment (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides) to minerals and energy resource evaluation (metals, fossil fuels, geothermal sources) to environmental problem solving (global climate change, radioactive waste disposal, groundwater pollution), scientists and engineers with expertise in geology work in a variety of capacities to improve the quality of human life. The geology minor provides students with a core experience in geology and a gateway into the diverse career paths of geoscientists or graduate programs in geology.

Program highlights:
  • Required courses (18 credits) can be completed while fulfilling the Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering B.S. programs—this means major and minor programs can be accomplished in eight semesters
  • Comprehensive rock and mineral collections and access to advanced methods for rock and mineral analysis
  • Field-based training and research using modern mapping and investigative instruments
  • Local and regional field trips to learn geology "at the outcrop"
  • Professional development opportunities through national societies and organizations
  • Courses can be applied toward the requirements for professional licensure

Courses that qualify for the Geology Minor

Course  #
Course Name
Credit Course # Course Name
Credit
EES 105 Planet Earth 3 EES 381 Mineralogy** 3
EES 211 Physical Geology 4 EES 382 Petrology** 3
EES 212 Historical Geology 3 EES 391* Senior Projects I 1
ENV 315 Soils 3 EES 392* Senior Projects II 2
ENV 321 Hydrology 4 EES 395* IndependentResearch I 1-3
EES 370 Geomorphology 3 EES 396* Independent Research II 1-3
EES 375 Geochemistry 3      
*Content must be within the field of geology.
** Required for minor in geology.

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