Students enrolled in this minor complete coursework in the solid Earth, oceanography, and the atmosphere. This minor Green Leafpairs 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, and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. 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.

Core Courses

GEOL 101
GEOL 103
Physical Geology (Mason Core)
and Physical Geology Lab (Mason Core)
GEOL 309Oceanography3
or BIOL 309 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:
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Total Credits10-11


Select 8 credits of GEOL electives8
Total Credits8