Earth Sciences - Minor

The purpose of the Earth Sciences minor is to study the different physical earth processes and systems.

Students choosing to complete a minor in Earth Sciences must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 6 hours must be taken in residence at either Texas A&M University/College Station or Galveston.
  • A minimum cumulative GPR of 2.0 must be achieved for all courses in the minor.
  • Take a minimum of 15 hours of coursework in the College of Geosciences.
  • The 15 hours must include at least 3 hours of 400-level coursework and another 3 hours of upper-level (300- or 400-level) coursework from the list.
  • Students with majors in the College of Geosciences must select only courses outside of their home department.
Select courses from at least three of the following five groups:15
Group 1
Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate Laboratory
Physical and Regional Climatology
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing
Group 2
Planet Earth
Geography of Energy
Global Climatic Regions
Natural Hazards
Remote Sensing in Geosciences
Coastal Processes
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Arid Lands Geomorphology
Hydrology and Environment
Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resources Management
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems
Group 3
Principles of Geology
   or Physical Geology 
Mineral Resources
Introduction to Petrology
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Integrated Earth Science
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Global Geophysics
Near-surface Geophysics
Group 4
Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery
Past Climates
Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences
Group 5
   or Interdisciplinary Oceanography 
Oceanography Laboratory
Physical Oceanography
Microbial Oceanography
Geological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Total Semester Credit Hours15

 At least 6 hours must be upper level, 3 of which must be 400 level.

Students with majors in the College of Geosciences must select only courses outside of their home department.

Some of the courses have prerequisites, so make sure to check the catalog before enrolling in the course.

ENGS and ENST students may not select this minor.