Geology Minor Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete a minor in Geology are expected to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of: the physical and chemical properties of the lithosphere and hydrosphere (minerals, rocks, soils, and water); geologic time and earth history; and crustal materials and dynamics in the context of plate tectonics theory;
- Demonstrate competence in fundamental geological skills and quantitative analysis including: mineral, rock, and soil identification; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and cross-sections with basics of three-dimensional conceptualization; and the ability to collect and interpret field and laboratory observations;
- Effectively communicate knowledge and interpretations using written, oral, and graphical skills on both a formal and an extemporaneous basis;
- Gain an understanding of the societal relevance of earth systems.
Three of the following courses:
GEO 331 - Paleobiology
FSGEO 201 - Field Geology
GEO 250 - Petrology
GEO 310 - Process Geomorphology
GEO 400 - Hydrogeology
GEO 410 - Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology
GEO 420 - Structural Geology
GEO 430 - Geochemistry
Two of GEO 240, GEO 301, GEO 302, GEO 303 or GEO 304 may be substituted for one of the three courses with permission of the department. Geology courses from the Duke Marine Program may substitute for some courses with consent of the department. Students are urged to consult the department chairperson in planning a minor program in Geology.