The minor in geoscience requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in geoscience courses, including 12 s.h. in courses considered advanced for the minor offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iowa. EES:2410 MineralogyEES:2831 Geologic Field Methods, and all earth and environmental sciences courses numbered 3000 or above are considered advanced for the minor. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

College-level courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology usually are required as collateral work for geoscience students. Those seeking a minor in geoscience should be sufficiently prepared in the areas of supporting sciences before they take advanced courses in geoscience.

Recommended advanced courses in geoscience that deal with important areas of earth materials and earth processes are as follows.

EES:2410Mineralogy4
EES:2831Geologic Field Methods3
EES:3020Earth Surface Processes3
EES:3070Marine Ecosystems and Conservation3
EES:3080Introduction to Oceanography2
EES:3210Principles of Paleontology3
EES:3300Sedimentary Geology4
EES:3360Soil Genesis and Geomorphology3
EES:3380Fluvial Geomorphology3
EES:3390Integrated Watershed Analysis3
EES:3500Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
EES:3840Structural Geology4
EES:4490Elements of Geochemistry3
EES:4790Engineering Geology3
EES:4800Solid Earth Geophysics3
EES:5820Tectonics3