Minor in Geohazards

  Geobiology Geohazards

The minor in geohazards allows students who are not geology majors to pursue a course of study that will lead to greater understanding of geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, climate change, environmental contamination and availability of natural resources. These issues are examined in a number of upper division geology courses, and each student can select from the list below depending on the particular area of interest and whether previous coursework has been completed to meet prerequisites for some of the choices. The minor requires an introductory class, an upper-division course in the formation of minerals and three elective courses from the list below. The minimum number of units to complete the minor is 24, including the introductory course; CHEM 105aL (a corequisite for GEOL 315L) or MATH 125 (required for GEOL 450L); either GEOL 315L or GEOL 450L; and three of the group: GEOL 316L, GEOL 320L, GEOL 321L and GEOL 433L. The remaining courses listed have additional prerequisites.

Required courses


CHEM 105aL General Chemistry or 4
MATH 125 Calculus I  
GEOL 315L Minerals and Earth Systems or 4
GEOL 450L Geosystems  

Elective courses


One introductory GEOL course (4 units):  
GEOL 105L Planet Earth 4
GEOL 107Lx Oceanography 4
GEOL 108L Crises of a Planet 4
GEOL 125L Earth History: A Planet and Its Evolution 4
GEOL 130L The Nature of Scientific Inquiry 4
GEOL 150L Climate Change 4
GEOL 240Lx Earthquakes 4
Three courses from the following (12 units):  
BISC/GEOL 427 The Global Environment 4
GEOL 316L Petrologic Systems 4
GEOL 320L Surficial Processes and Stratigraphic Systems 4
GEOL 321L Structural Geology and Tectonics 4
GEOL 412 Oceans, Climate, and the Environment 4
GEOL 425L Data Analysis in the Earth and Environmental Sciences 4
GEOL 433L Paleontology and Evolution in Deep Time 4
GEOL 440L Geophysics and Geoengineering 4
GEOL 450L Geosystems 4
GEOL 460L Geochemistry and Hydrogeology 4
GEOL 470 Environmental Hydrogeology 4
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