Undergraduate Degree Minor in Geosciences & Certificate Programs

Minor in Geosciences

Students who wish to minor in Geosciences must take 15-18 hours in courses in Geosciences, including at least nine hours at the 3000-level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in Geosciences may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Note: Courses that are being applied to the core may not also be applied to the minor.

Example Suggested Courses Leading to the Minor in Geosciences

  • African American Studies (Urban and Community Geography Focus)
  • Anthropology (Geoarchaeology Focus)
  • Anthropology (Urban and Community Geography Focus)
  • Art and Art History (Natural Environments Focus)
  • Art and Art History (Urban Environments Focus)
  • Biology (Environmental Conservation Focus)
  • Chemistry (Environmental Geochemistry Focus)
  • Communications (Urban and Community Geography Focus)
  • Computer Science (Geoinformatics Focus)
  • Computer Science (Geographic Information Systems Focus)
  • History (Urban and Community Geography Focus)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (Geospatial Analysis Focus)
  • Political Science (Urban and Community Geography Focus)
  • Sociology (Urban and Community Geography Focus)
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Urban and Community Geography Focus)

Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

This program allows an undergraduate in any major at GSU to gain training and certification in Geographic Information Science. This is a hot field that can add strength to careers in geography, geology, public health, sociology, policy, business, anthropology, and other fields.

Students are required to take GEOG 4518 (Digital Cartography), GEOG 4532 (Intro to GIS), GEOG 4534 (Advanced GIS) and then select one more elective from the other GIS-related courses offered (GEOG 4520, 4530, 4538, 4834, GEOL 4123, or CSC 1310).

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability

The certificate in sustainability offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability as a concept, area of study, social practice, organizational goal, and policy objective that concerns the effects and durability of relationships and interactions between social and biophysical systems.

Students are required to take at least two credit hours from the internship grouping: GEOG 4832 (Geography Internship), BIOL 4915 (Collaborative Internships in Biology), or BIOL 4916 (Internships in Biology); and then GEOG 4020 (Urban Environments); GEOG 4644 (Environmental Conservation); and two courses from Group II in the undergraduate catalog (ANTH 4060, ANTH 4550, BIOL 4050/GEOG 4050, BIOL 4045, BIOL 4930, BIOL 4451, ECON 4220, GEOG 4051, GEOG 4646, GEOG 4648, GEOG 4784, GEOG 4550/GEOL 4550, or JOUR 3040).

Note: The Geosciences Department is currently offering a Sustainability Fellowship Program. This program will award fellowship stipends to selected students who complete a sustainability internship. Interested? Contact Lacey Davis, Program Coordinator, for more information.

Undergraduate Certificate in Water Science

A strong demand exists in the public sector and private industry for understanding of aquatic systems. This program is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of both the quality and quantity of water in the environment, and modern techniques to assess, model, and remediate aquatic environmental problems, and understand the social context and implications of water resources. 

Students are required to take four courses from different groupings: 1) either GEOG 4650 (Surface Water Hydrology) or GEOL 4007 (Hydrogeology), 2) one of the following (GEOL 4003, 4042, 4235, GEOG 4642, 4646, or 4784), 3) one of the following (GEOG 4530, 4644, 4640, 4534, 4520, or GEOL 4017), and then any additional course from the selections listed here to meet 16 hours. This certificate is an excellent complement to undergraduates pursuing careers in natural resources or environmental fields.

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