Geoscience, Minor

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate minor in geoscience requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in earth and environmental sciences 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 grade-point average of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework 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 earth and environmental sciences that deal with important areas of earth materials and earth processes are as follows.

Course # Title Hours
EES:2831Geologic Field Methods3
EES:3020Earth Surface Processes3
EES:3060Ecology and Natural History of Iowa3
EES:3070Marine Ecosystems and Conservation3
EES:3080Introduction to Oceanography2
EES:3100Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing4
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:3608Planetary Geology3
EES:3840Structural Geology4
EES:4490Elements of Geochemistry3
EES:4790Applied Environmental Geology3
EES:4800Global Geophysics3
EES:4820Tectonics and Basin Analysis3