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Students taking this minor complete coursework in the solid Earth, oceanography, and the atmosphere. This minor pairs well with other degrees in the sciences such as chemistry or biology.

This has been designated a Green Leaf program.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Students may not receive both the Geology Minor and the Earth Science Minor.

Banner Code: ESCI

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18-19

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Students must successfully complete the following coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Core Courses

GEOL 101Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)4
GEOL 309Introduction to Oceanography3
or BIOL 309 Introduction to Oceanography
Select one of the following options:3-4
Option One:
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science (Mason Core)
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science Lab (Mason Core)
Option Two:
Meteorology and Climate
Total Credits10-11


Select 8 credits of GEOL electives8
Total Credits8