Earth Sciences - Minor

The minor in Earth Sciences encompasses a broad interdisciplinary scientific study of the origin and evolution of the Earth system and its life forms. This branch of science explores the physical and chemical processes of the Earth focusing on the interactions across the four main branches of study, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere (fresh water and the oceans), the atmosphere, and the biosphere. The Earth Sciences minor embraces a wide range of topics including, earth-surface processes, the behavior of oceans and atmosphere, geologic disasters, sustainable energy, remote sensing of the Earth, and the impact of humans on the environment. The minor exposes students to Earth system processes and problems, environmental problems, and training in problem-solving skills.