Recommended Courses

Members of the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG MN) and employers of geoscience/geology graduates (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) recommend certain courses for sucessful professional, entry-level employment. As students plan their coursework, please consider the “Required” and “Recommended” courses for the following most common geoscience professions of the Upper Midwestern United States. Please note that an undergraduate student’s “Recommended” courses may be selected based upon their own individually planned area(s) of vocation.  We do not expect an undergraduate student to be highly specialized beyond the core coursework mentioned below; however, please understand that every course beyond the core requirements will give them an advantage over other entry-level applicants with respect to getting both hired and eventually promoted.

CORE EARTH SCIENCE MAJOR COURSES (ALL EARTH SCIENCE MAJORS)

Required

  • Introduction to Chemistry (Pre-Requisite for all Major Coursework)
  • Introduction to Physics (Pre-Requisite for all Major Coursework)
  • Introduction to Physical Geology
  • Introduction to Earth History & Science
  • Mineralogy
  • Introduction to Paleontology
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
  • Introduction to GIS & Photogrammetry
  • Introduction to Statistics or Geostatistics
  • Scientific Writing or Composition
  • Summer Field Camp or Equivalent

 

 

ECONOMIC GEOLOGY – NON-METALLIC SPECIALTY

Required

  • Introduction to Quaternary Geology & Glaciology
  • Introduction to Geomorphology
  • Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • Economic Geology & Energy Resources

 

Recommended

  • Introduction to Engineering Geology
  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Introduction to Environmental Geology
  • Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or higher level Mathematics course
  • Introduction to Business Administration
  • Introduction to Archaeology

 

 

ECONOMIC GEOLOGY – METALLIC SPECIALTY

Required

  • Economic Geology & Energy Resources
  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Geochemistry

 

Recommended

  • Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • Introduction to Environmental Geology
  • Introduction to Engineering Geology
  • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or higher level Mathematics course
  • Introduction to Business Administration

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY & GEOTECHNICAL SCIENCE SPECIALTIES

Required

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Quaternary Geology & Glaciology
  • Introduction to Geomorphology
  • Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or higher level Mathematics course

 

Recommended

  • OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training
  • Introduction to Environmental Geology
  • Introduction to Engineering Geology
  • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or higher level Mathematics course
  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Introduction to Water Resources
  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Economic Geology & Energy Resources
  • Introduction to Business Administration
  • Introduction to Archaeology

 

 

HYDROGEOLOGY SPECIALTY

Required

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Introduction to Quaternary Geology & Glaciology
  • Geochemistry         
  • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or higher level Mathematics course

 

Recommended

  • OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Watershed Concepts
  • Groundwater Hydraulics
  • Soil Chemistry/Mechanics
  • Groundwater Modeling
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Economic Geology & Energy Resources
  • Introduction to Business Administration