Earth Science Minor

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 17-19 credits

Requirements for All Minors

Students pursuing any Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences minor must complete the following course:

EEPS 202Introduction to Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science3

Students must complete all of the requirements listed above for all minors as well as the following:

Required Courses

Students must complete the following two courses:

EEPS 340Minerals, Rocks, Resources and the Environment4
EEPS 353Earth Forces4

Disciplinary Electives

Students select two of the following courses:

EEPS 317Soil Science3
EEPS 323Biogeochemistry3
EEPS 385Earth History3
EEPS 386The Earth's Climate System3
EEPS 401Earth Systems Science3
EEPS 407Remote Sensing3
EEPS 409Surface Processes3
EEPS 422Sedimentary Geology4
EEPS 428Hydrology3
EEPS 437Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology4
EEPS 441Introduction to Geochemistry3
EEPS 452Introduction to Seismology3
EEPS 453Interior of the Earth3
EEPS 459Geodynamics3
EEPS 460Introduction to Structural Geology4
EEPS 486Paleoclimatology3

Additional Information

  • A grade of C- (C for summer field camp) is the minimum acceptable performance for each unit of credit for each required course, including those in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Courses with grades of D may fulfill the College's 120 total hours requirement, but they do not meet the departmental requirements. A grade of C- is also the minimum acceptable performance for each unit of credit for any course required as a prerequisite to enrolling in advanced or sequential courses.
  • Credits to be transferred from another institution must have prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies in the relevant Arts & Sciences department.
  • Students may transfer up to three credits (or one course, whichever is greater) of advanced coursework (course numbers 300 or above) toward the completion of a minor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. This policy includes credit earned for courses taken while studying abroad or studying at another US institution. Credits earned through the completion of an approved field camp do not count toward this limit.

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