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Undergraduate Program


The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers two minors:

Environmental Geology Minor

The environmental geology minor is intended especially for natural science and social science concentrators who are planning on further study or employment in environmental fields.

A total of six courses are required.

Required Courses

One or both of the following introductory courses:

  • EES 101: Introduction to Geological Sciences
  • EES 103: Introduction to Environmental Science

Four or five of the following elective courses:

  • EES 105: Introduction to Climate Change
  • EES 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EES 202Q: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Mountain Ranges in California: A Field Quest
  • EES 203: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • EES 204: Earth Materials
  • EES 208: Structural Geology
  • EES 211: Geohazards and Their Mitigation: Living on an Active Planet
  • EES 212: A Climate Change Perspective to Chemical Oceanography
  • EES 213: Physical Hydrology
  • EES 215: Environmental and Applied Geophysics (EES 205: Solid Earth Geophysics acceptable substitute)
  • EES 216: Environmental Geochemistry
  • EES 218: Atmospheric Geochemistry
  • EES 219: Energy and Society
  • EES 222: Energy Resources
  • EES 252: Marine Geology

Geological Sciences Minor

A student taking this minor will have a broad grasp of geology and will be able to build upon it as a solid foundation for a major should his or her career plans change.

Six courses are required.


Both of the following:

  • EES 101: Introduction to Geological Sciences
  • EES 201: Evolution of the Earth

Plus four of the following:

  • EES 203: Physical Sedimentology
  • EES 204: Earth Materials
  • EES 205: Geophysics
  • EES 206: Petrology and Geochemistry
  • EES 207: Principles of Paleontology
  • EES 208: Structural Geology