Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in an geological sciences minor?

The minor in geological sciences includes foundational courses in geology that cover topics such as plate tectonics, oceans, the atmosphere and climate.

You'll also be able to chose from a range of electives, including courses in earth materials and geochemistry, earth history and field methods. You can select additional upper-level electives, in consultation with a geological sciences advisor, that match your interests and round out your program of study. 

Our program offers you the chance to study and get involved in undergraduate research opportunities in the many natural laboratories of Nevada, California and the western United States. You can also take advantage of opportunities to gain hands-on experience in our well-equipped research labs or out in the field through courses and research projects, working closely with research-active professors at the University. 

Did you know...?

Geological engineering is a relatively rare degree with only 13 undergraduate programs nation-wide. This makes its graduates and their unique training extremely sought after. Faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering work closely with undergraduate students to provide hands-on experience in a wide range of work environments, helping you to graduate with a set of skills that are in high demand in Nevada and around the world.

Careers with a minor in geological sciences

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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