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.

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
Geomorphology
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 
Mineralogy
Mineral Resources
Introduction to Petrology
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Hydrogeology
Fundamentals of Geophysics
Near-surface Geophysics
Group 4
Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery
Past Climates
Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences
Group 5
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.