Geoscience - Minor

Classes in the Geosciences program at Southeast are taught by well-trained and experienced faculty who have participated in research and who are experts in such areas as soil reactions, artic soil genesis, geophysics, earthquake seismology and environmental assessment.

Our area boasts many research venues for those studying soils and geosciences. The St. Francis Mountains, an hour to the west, is the site of a complex of Precambrian igneous rocks. The eastern flank of the Ozark Dome exposes a section of Paleozoic strata dominated by carbonates and hosting world-class Mississippi-Valley type lead deposits. To the south, Mesozoic and Cenozoic strata are exposed in Crowleys Ridge and the New Madrid Seismic Zone passes through the Bootheel of Missouri and into Tennessee and Arkansas.

Geoscientists have the opportunity to work in diverse situations in many parts of the world. The responsibilities in Geosciences-related fields are broad and you may find yourself working in the field, laboratory, office or all three.

15 Hours Required

Course Number Course Name Hrs.
GO 110 Physical Geology 3
UI 373 Earth and Life Through Time 3
Choose 6 hours GO courses (200-500 level)
Choose 3 hours GO courses (400-500 level)

Environmental Soil Science

Classes in the Department of Environmental Science at Southeast are taught by more than 20 dedicated faculty with diverse academic backgrounds and varied research interests who will make your educational experience dynamic and comprehensive.

The teaching and research facilities available to you as an Environmental Science major at Southeast are state-of-the-art and you are encouraged to take advantage of a wide variety of potential research experiences in cooperation with faculty members and field supervisors.

You may tailor the program to your specific academic needs and interests by choosing from seven areas of emphasis within the Environmental Science major.

Outdoor research opportunities are available in nearby state parks and conservation areas. The I.R. Kelso Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers 150 acres of forest and field, lies within a ten-minute drive of the University.

The University also is affiliated with the Reis Biological Station in the Ozarks and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Miss., where you may take summer courses.

15 Hours Required

Course Number Course Name Hrs.
AO 215 Soils 3
GO 365 Environmental Soil Science 4
AO 555 Soil Classification and Resouce Management 3
GO 555 Soil Classification and Resouce Management 3
GO 110 Physical Geology 3
Choose 6 hours from
AO 427 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition 3
GO 340 Remote Sensing 3
GO 445 Geographic Information Systems 3
GO 460 Environmental Hydrology 3


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701