Nov 24, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog

Paleontology, Minor

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Program Coordinator
Matthew J. James / Geology Department
(707) 664-2301,

Matthew J. James / Geology Department
(707) 664-2301,

Nicholas R. Geist / Biology Department
(707) 664-3056,

Karin E. Jaffe / Anthropology Department
(707) 664-2944,

Alexis Boutin / Anthropology Department
(707) 664-2729,

The Minor in Paleontology offers students from any major on the SSU campus a cross-disciplinary concentration in the study of ancient life on Earth. Paleontology is by its very nature an inter-disciplinary field of study, blending both laboratory and field studies of modern organisms and extinct organisms. Some paleontologists approach the field from a geological perspective, and others approach it from a biological perspective. For a Minor in Paleontology, students must complete 20 units as described below.

Minor Electives

In addition to the Minor Core, choose 13 units of electives from other paleontology courses and/or courses with an emphasis on interpreting the history of life on Earth, and at least 1 unit that is a field course (marked by asterisk below). All SSU majors may select the Minor in Paleontology, and if you are majoring in either Biology or Geology, at least 3 upper division elective units must be from outside your home department. Additional courses may be counted toward the minor with approval of one of the minor advisors above. The 9 elective units must include at least one 4-unit upper division course with a laboratory from the following list:

* Field courses – one course is required for the minor

** 4-unit laboratory course– one course is required for the minor Some of these elective courses above might have additional prerequisites not listed here. Refer to the University catalog for additional information.


Total units in the minor core: 7

Total units in the minor: 13

Total units for the paleontology minor: 20

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