Program Overview

The science of the Earth as a system has implications for many fields of study. Students interested in understanding how the Earth’s systems work can earn a bachelor’s degree, while completing the requirements for a minor in Earth and Atmospheric Science.  The program is primarily designed for students in the natural sciences and engineering who wish to explore interdisciplinary problems and broaden their studies to include the application of their fields to understanding the Earth system.

Note: This minor is not available to students in the (B.S.) Bachelor of Science in Earth System Science or (B.A.) Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science programs.

Minor Requirements

Earth System Science 51, 53, 55, or Earth System Science 60A, 60B, 60C, plus four electives chosen from the approved elective list for the B.S. in Earth System Science major, at least two of which must be Earth System Science courses. For full details on the Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Science, please see the Course Catalogue

Approved Elective List:

Course Number Course Name
BIO SCI 93  From DNA to Organisms
BIO SCI 94 From Organisms to Ecosystems
BIO SCI 98 Biochemistry
BIO SCI D105 Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology of Plants
BIO SCI E106 Processes in Ecology and Evolution
BIO SCI E179 Limnology and Freshwater Biology
BIO SCI E179L Field Freshwater Ecology
BIO SCI E186 Population and Community Ecology
BIO SCI E189 Environmental Ethics
BIO SCI M133 High-Resolution Structures: NMR and X-ray
CHEM 51A Organic Chemistry
CHEM 51B- 51LB Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM H52A- H52LA Honors Organic Chemistry and Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM H52B- H52LB Honors Organic Chemistry and Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM H52C Honors Organic Chemistry
CHEM 131A Quantum Principles
CHEM 131B Molecular Structure and Elementary Statistical Mechanics
CHEM 131C Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics
CRM/LAW C148 Geographic Information Systems
ENGRCEE 156 Foundation Design
ENGRCEE 162 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
ENGRCEE 171 Water Resources Engineering
ENGRCEE 172 Groundwater Hydrology
ENGRCEE 176 Hydrology
ENGRCEE 178 Fluid Mechanics of Open Channels
ENGRMAE 60 Electric Circuits
ENGRMAE 91 Introduction to Thermodynamics
ENGRMAE 130A Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
ENGRMAE 164 Air Pollution and Control
ENGRMAE 185 Numerical Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
MATH 2D Multivariable Calculus (may be counted only once; or MATH 3A, may be counted only once)
MATH 3D Elementary Differential Equations
MATH 105A Numerical Analysis
MATH 112A Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
MATH 115 Mathematical Modeling
PHYSICS 51A Modern Physics
PHYSICS 51B Modern Physics
PHYSICS 120 Electronics for Students
PHYSICS 134A Physical and Geometrical Optics
PHYSICS 137 Introduction to Cosmology
PHYSICS 144 Stellar Astrophysics
PHYSICS 145 High-Energy Astrophysics
PP&D 139 Water Resource Policy
PUBHLTH 161 Environmetal Geology
Computing Skills (one of the following may be counted toward degree): EECS 10, ENGRMAE 10, I&C SCI 31, PHYSICS 53, or an approved programming course.