Geology Minor

Colorado Geology

Geology Minor (revised 1/5/2018)

The Geology Minor is designed to improve students’ understanding of geologic processes and how these processes fit into environmental issues. The program takes advantage of Colorado’s unique natural setting to allow students to deepen and expand their appreciation of nearly two billion years of geologic history. The minor program is meant for students who would like to acquire a basic knowledge of geology in addition to their major area of study. The requirements for the minor include 20 credit hours in the minor area, including a minimum of 12 upper-division hours.

REQUIREMENTS

1. One of these 1000-level introductory course sequences (8 credit hrs):

  • GEOL 1010-4 Physical Geology + GEOL 1020-4 Historical Geology

  • GEOL 1010-4 Physical Geology + GEOL 1530-4 Geology of Colorado

2. Two of the following elective courses to be taken after completion of a 1000-level introductory

 course sequence (8 credit hrs):

  • GEOL 3410-4 Introductory Paleontology

  • GEOL 3700-4 Environmental Geology

  • GEOL 4630-4/GES 4310-4 Principles of Geomorphology

  • GEOL 4310-4 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

3. Successful completion of the Geology Field Study OR Field Methods to be taken after completion of a 1000-level introductory course sequence (4 credit hrs):

  • GEOL 4660-4 Field Study in Geology

  • GEOL 4110-4 Geologic Field Methods

For those students who are thinking of pursuing a bachelor’s or an advanced degree in Geology from another institution the following list of courses are strongly recommended (these courses are not required for the UCCS Geology Minor).

  • BIOL 1200 - General Biology I: Organismic Biology

  • CHEM 1030 - General Chemistry I

  • CHEM 1060 - General Chemistry II

  • MATH 1350 - Calculus I

  • MATH 1360 - Calculus II

  • PES 1110 - General Physics I

  • PES 1120 - General Physics II


Geology Minor Example Course Tracks (NOTE: These are suggested sets of courses that can be arranged differently depending on specific interests)

Track 1 - Emphasis on Earth History and Paleontology

  • GEOL 1010-4 Physical Geology

  • GEOL 1020-4 Historical Geology or GEOL 1530-4 Geology of Colorado

  • GEOL 3410-4 Introductory Paleontology or GEOL 4XXX- Paleoecology

  • GEOL 4310-4 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

  • GEOL 4660-4 Field Study in Geology or GEOL 4110-4 Geologic Field Methods

Track 2 - Emphasis on Geology of Colorado and the Western U.S.

  • GEOL 1010-4 Physical Geology

  • GEOL 1020-4 Historical Geology or GEOL 1530-4 Geology of Colorado

  • GEOL 4310-4 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

  • GEOL 4630-4/GES 4310-4 Principles of Geomorphology

  • GEOL 4660-4 Field Study in Geology or GEOL 4110-4 Geologic Field Methods

Track 3 - Emphasis on Environmental Geology

  • GEOL 1010-4 Physical Geology

  • GEOL 1020-4 Historical Geology or GEOL 1530-4 Geology of Colorado

  • GEOL 3700-4 Environmental Geology

  • GEOL 4630-4/GES 4310-4 Principles of Geomorphology

  • GEOL 4XXX-Paleoecology

  • GEOL 4660-4 Field Study in Geology or GEOL 4110-4 Geologic Field Methods

QUESTIONS: Eric Billmeyer: ebillmey@uccs.edu