Geology Minor

If you’re interested in the processes that shape the land around you and how we make use of Earth’s resources, then you should consider a minor in geology.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in courses with significant field and laboratory work to give them hands-on experience, and the skills necessary to evaluate and quantify the world around them. This is an ideal minor for those with a physical science background and an interest in one of Iowa’s largest industries.

Students at a rock formation reviewing an experiment.

Award-winning professors

Our professors are recipients of numerous local, state and national awards for teaching, scholarship and service.


State-of-the-art equipment

Students have access to a variety of tools, including real-time weather monitoring equipment, high-tech microscopes, computers with specialized software and more.


Top-notch facilities

Home to the UNI Observatory and Planetarium, students gain hands-on learning experiences in our excellent facilities.

Find out more about Geology

‌Required Courses

Contact us directly at:

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
121 Latham Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0335

Phone: (319) 273-2759

Common career areas:

  • Geologist
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Mining Industries


  • Earth History
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Earth Materials
  • Hydrogeology