The Geosciences minor is a flexible six-course program for students of any major who want to explore this discipline beyond the introductory level. Students considering this minor are advised to complete GEOS 150 Introduction to Geology (Introduction to Geology) no later than fall semester sophomore year, and they are advised to declare the minor no later than the end of spring semester junior year.
|Required introductory course:|
|Introduction to Geology|
|Select five of the following additional Geosciences electives: 1,2|
|Because the Geosciences draw on tools and techniques from many disciplines, students may substitute one Geosciences elective with one of these complimentary courses: 2|
|Instrumental Chemistry/Analytical Methods|
|Techniques of Programming|
|Introduction to Geographic Info Systems|
|Methods Of Physics|
Students may count up to two pre-approved geosciences courses taken through the Colleges of Worcester Consortium or a Holy Cross Study Abroad program toward their electives.
At least four of the five electives/complementary courses must be at the 200 or 300 level (or equivalent).
Students ordinarily may not count more than two courses taken for their major toward the Geosciences minor. Students thinking about applying to graduate school in the Geosciences are further advised to complete at least two semesters each of Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus, as most programs currently require these courses for admission, regardless of major or minor.