Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Earth Science Minor Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Earth Science Minor

18 hours

Earth Science describes the planet’s features, patterns, composition and the processes operating within and on its surface, its history and life. Earth Scientists seek to understand these features and processes and answer practical questions using a wide array of scientific and engineering techniques ranging from field mapping, geophysical measurements, geochemical analyses, biological studies, and Earth and space-bound remote sensing.

The aim of Earth Science is to ensure the future of humanity and the environment by understanding our planet’s past and present through identifying and discovering new energy and material resources including freshwater from both terrestrial and extraterrestrial sources; forecasting and mitigating geologic hazards (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and landslides); formulating possible solutions to slow down man-made climate change; educating the public and stakeholders on stewardship of the environment; and assisting policy and decision makers with the guiding principle that “civilizations exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice”, as noted by Will Durant.

Note: This minor consists of both lower and upper level courses which may have prerequisites. Please see the course descriptions or an advisor.

Minor Requirements

Required Courses - 8 hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
GEOG 1111K - Introduction to Physical Geography


GEOL 1121K - Physical Geology


and one of the following courses:

GEOG 1112 - Introduction to Weather and Climate and
GEOG 1112L - Introduction to Weather and Climate Lab
GEOG 1530K - Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 1122K - Historical Geology

Elective Courses - Select at least 10 hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENVS 3003K - Soils
ENVS 4003K - Hydrology
GEOG 3200K - Earth Systems
GEOG 3300K - Process Geomorphology
GEOL 3010K - Introduction to Earth Materials
GEOL 3300K - Process Geomorphology
GEOL 3500K - Environmental Geochemistry
GEOL 4110K - Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy