Minor in Geology


The Department of Marine Sciences offers the ability for students to achieve a minor in Geology, which is facilitated by the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University. Courses are designed to help students develop an integrated approach to solving problems in the Earth and environmental sciences through a detailed study of Earth’s interconnected geosystems: the atmosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. A minor in Geology also facilities learning more about the various sub-disciplines in the broad geoscience field as preparation for diverse future career paths in the private and public sectors, such as the petroleum industry or geophysical consulting, and preparation for further graduate training in fields like geology, oceanography, or marine sciences.

The general requirements and processes for the Geology minor is as follows:

  • Complete a minimum of 15 credits in the discipline with at least 6 credits at the 300-400 level

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits in residence at either TAMU College Station or TAMU at Galveston

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for the minor

  • Complete the official Approval of a Minor Field of Study form and return it to the Department of Marine Sciences (Dr. M. Moser)

  • When complete and approved, the minor will be designated on your transcript

Chemistry Minor course diagram

Additional Notes

  • Other 300 and 400 level MARS and GEOL classes can fulfill Professional Elective requirements for MARS and OCRE majors.

  • MARS 306 and MARS 370 offered in alternate calendar years

  • MARS 430 and MARS 431 offered in alternate calendar years

  • 300 and 400 level courses can generally be completed when offered in either junior or senior years

  • GEOL 491 (MARS 491) requires junior or senior classification, approval of instruction, and it may be repeated 2 times

  • Paperwork and forms for the minor must be completed, submitted, and approved before you apply for graduation