Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Earth and Environmental Science Minor

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The Earth and Environmental Science Minor is tailored for students outside the College of Sciences. It provides a good background in the topics likely to be covered in an earth science teaching position in Clark County and other areas as well as a solid background to appreciate the natural landscapes and resources in Southern Nevada and the world.  The minor consists of 23 credits of geology and geography classes.

Please see the UNLV College of Sciences Department of Geossience web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  Degree worksheets are available at Minor in Earth and Environmental Science | Academics | University of Nevada, Las Vegas (



Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Sciences Advising Center Advising | College of Sciences | University of Nevada, Las Vegas (



Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this minor, students will have a broad understanding of the topical area of Earth and Environmental Sciences and will be able to apply their understanding of the earth and its geologic and environmental processes to relevant topics of interest within their declared major, including those seeking to teach earth science classes.

Total Credits: 23

Courses Include:



and one of the following:

GEOL 105 - Introduction to Geology of National Parks

Choose at least 12 credits from GEOL and GEOG courses numbered 300 or above. No more than 12 credits taken for the minor may be used to satisfy requirements in a student’s major.


The student and geoscience advisor must agree upon the courses chosen to satisfy the earth and environmental science minor. This list must be signed by the student and advisor and placed on permanent record in the student’s file.

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