Group Science Minor for Geology Majors

All geologists are scientists who apply the basic sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics) to the study of the Earth. As such, all of our majors in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University require significant cognate studies which glean the basics of these scientific studies. Forming this foundation is a significant undertaking for geologists. The group science minor for geology majors combines two semesters of basic chemistry, two semesters of basic physics, one semester of basic biology plus an additional science (depending on your major). All of these classes include laboratory sections because successful geologists need to be able to apply these sciences.

You should minor in group science if...

  • You are a geology major.
  • You are a hydrogeology major.
  • Note: Students who are not geoscience majors may not sign up for this minor.

Program overview

  • Program requirements: To learn more about specific program requirements, consult the 2019-20 undergraduate catalog.
  • Course listings: To see which courses will be offered when, check out the WMU course listings. You can also read course descriptions for geosciences classes here.
  • Professional development: Students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to gain valuable professional, research and field experience through joining our highly active student organizations: Geology Club, Student Chapter of American Institute for Professional Geologists, Student Chapter of American Associate of Petroleum Geologists and the Student Chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.


The College of Arts and Sciences has a two-tiered advising system for undergraduates. Please consult your departmental and college advisors regularly to ensure that academic requirements are met.

  • Major and minor advising: Unsure which geosciences major/minor is right for you? Curious about job opportunities for geology majors? Contact Dr. Duane Hampton, our prospective undergraduate advisor and career advisor, to set up an appointment. Confused about which classes to take, how to enroll in classes or want to know your progress towards graduation? All of these questions can be discussed with your undergraduate faculty advisor, Dr. Michelle Kominz.
  • College of Arts and Sciences advising: Have a question about general education or graduate requirements? Take advantage of CAS undergraduate advising drop-in hours or make an appointment.


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