Geophysics Minor

Geology (GEOL)
1115 Geology Building
Phone: 301-405-4365

Program Director: John Merck, Ph.D.

The undergraduate minor in Geophysics recognizes concentrated study in this designated field in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.  The award of a minor will be noted on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

This minor may be earned by students not majoring in Geology and is administered by the Geology Undergraduate Studies Director.  A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in all courses required for the minor. 

See for more information.

Depending on the courses taken, there are a total of 16-17 credits required for the minor in Geophysics (also see prerequisites.)

Course Title Credits
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Environmental Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Select two of the following:6
Observational Geophysics
Select two of the following:6-7
Structural Geology
Geology of the Terrestrial Planets
Geophysics 1
Observational Geophysics 1
Marine Geophysics
Engineering Geology
Seismology 1
Special Problems in Geology
Total Credits16-17

If not used to satisfy requirement above

Advising is not mandatory for the Geophysics Minor, however interested students are urged to consult with the Geology Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to declaring the minor to discuss academic planning and logistics. Contact information is available at the Geology web page