Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Geology, Minor

The Geology minor provides students with a scientific understanding of the Earth and surrounding environment. The student in geology gains an understanding of the various terrestrial processes and features (mountains, oceans, volcanoes, glaciers); the immenseness of geologic time, the history of the earth and organisms that inhabit it (fossils); the role of water, fuel, and mineral resources in the development of civilization; and the close interaction between the geologic and organic environments. Demand for the professional geologist comes from the needs of engineering, hydrogeologic and environmental firms; geological surveys; oil, gas and mining companies; state and national parks; museums; conservation agencies; planning commissions; and teaching institutions.

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Geology, Minor Program Page

Geography, Geology, and the Environment Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Minor GPA: 2.0 or higher

Minor Requirements

  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be upper division (an upper division course includes any 3-credit course that requires a pre-requisite)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 15 credits.
Required Courses
EGEO 1XXAny 100-Level EGEO Course3
EGEO 201Earth Materials and Processes/Lab4
EGEO 202Earth History/Lab4
Select at least three courses:9-12
Planetary Geology
Structural Geology
Plate Tectonics
Glacial Geology/Lab
Introduction to Geophysics/Lab
Geophysical Field Methods/Lab
Total Hours20-23

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2017.
Revised 04.09.2020