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Minors

A minor allows an undergraduate student to specialize in a secondary discipline. A student may minor in any subject, provided the title of the minor differs from the title of the student’s major or major concentration.

To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

Minors offered by our department are listed below.


 

Applied Geophysics

See the world through the lens of physics. You will study how physics and signal processing can be applied to investigating the Earth’s structure, searching for energy and mineral resources, and detecting contaminants in the natural environment—with the overarching goal of bettering the environment and quality of human life.

See Applied Geophysics Requirements


 

Geological Engineering

Interested in working with infrastructure, site investigation/development, natural-hazard mitigation, or natural-resource development? Enhance your education with a minor in geological engineering, and build a practical skill set that covers the investigation, assessment, and design of systems influenced by geologic conditions. You will gain aptitude in applying science, technology, and engineering to solve problems commonly confronting such systems.

See Geological Engineering Requirements


 

Earth Sciences

Learn about the many facets of the natural world: this minor affords students a broad education in geology and earth sciences. Electives range in content area—from natural hazards to geology field excursion to oceanography to geomorphology and glacial geology. Choose the courses that suit your interests and career goals.

See Earth Sciences Requirements


 

Mining

Have you ever wondered what industrial mining entails? This minor’s curriculum unearths the methods used in mining today. Gain a background in the basics of mining—including mining engineering and the core concerns of producing mineral resources.

See Mining Requirements


 

Remote Sensing (Interdisciplinary)

Discover remote sensing—an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Michigan Tech’s Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; opportunities to research on RSI teams are available to undergraduate students.

See Remote Sensing Requirements