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.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|Select courses from at least three of the following five groups:||15|
|Weather and Climate|
|Weather and Climate Laboratory|
|Physical and Regional Climatology|
|Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing|
|Geography of Energy|
|Global Climatic Regions|
|Remote Sensing in Geosciences|
|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|
|Principles of Geology|
or GEOL 104
|or Physical Geology|
|Introduction to Petrology|
|Sedimentology and Stratigraphy|
|Structural Geology and Tectonics|
|Fundamentals of Geophysics|
|Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery|
|Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||15|
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.