Geoscience Minor

Explore the physical aspects of the earth and its processes.

At Park University, our Geoscience Minor program allows students to specialize their studies in physical geography or geology. Geoscientists, atmospheric scientists, geophysicists, oceanographers and other professionals are in higher demand in industries such as ecology other environmental science sectors due to an increasing overall need for environmental protection as a result of climate change and other negative impacts on the environment, as well as responsible land and resource management.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Geoscience Minor program, you’ll be able to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. You may also take your geoscience courses online.

The Minor in Geoscience requires a minimum of 18 completed credit hours. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


The program is offered as an online geoscience degree minor, as well as onsite at our flagship campus in Parkville, Missouri.

  • Online
  • Parkville

Greg Claycomb

Dr. Gregory D. Claycomb

Chair, Department of Natural & Physical Sciences
Professor of Chemistry

Scott Hageman

Scott A. Hageman

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Geology/GeoScience

Ho-Seop Cha

Dr. Ho-Seop Cha

Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Geography

Develop a sound knowledge base in physical geography and geology.

Flexible Geoscience Minor course options offered through Park University allow you to tailor the geoscience degree minor program to your specific interests. You choose any 18 credit hours in either physical geography or geology to complete these Geoscience Minor requirements.


Our programs will prepare you for a career as a:

  • Seismologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Geophysicist
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Program Highlights

Geoscience students who choose to focus on physical geography will learn to observe the natural environment — including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere. Students who choose courses in geology will gain knowledge about the structure of the what lies beneath the Earth’s surface, and the processes that have and will shape that structure. Students will apply geoscience principles through the lens of current topics and issues such as climate change, environmental planning and sustainability.

Related programs

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.