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Minor: Science of Earth Systems

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Offered by: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Contact: SES Undergraduate Major Coordinator, 2124 Snee Hall, 255.5466,


All undergraduates except those majoring in Science of Earth Systems.

Educational Objectives

Some of the major problems facing mankind in this century involve earth science, and the
engineering workforce will be challenged to solve these problems. This minor will
prepare engineering students to understand the natural operating systems of Earth and the
tools and techniques used by earth scientists to understand and monitor these solid and
fluid systems.


At least 18 credits, chosen as follows:

Option 1:

  1. 1. Required introductory course:
  • EAS 2200: The Earth System
  1. At least two courses selected from the following five core course options:
  • EAS 3010: Evolution of the Earth System
  • EAS 3030: Introduction to Biogeochemistry
  • EAS 3050: Climate Dynamics
  • EAS 4530: Mineralogy
  • Earth Physics (No more than one course may be selected from this option):
    • EAS 3420: Atmospheric Dynamics
    • EAS 3530: Physical Oceanography
    • EAS 4880: Global Geophysics

Note: Students who have completed EAS 3040: Interior of the Earth (now discontinued)
may use this course in place of EAS 4530, EAS 3420, EAS 3530, or EAS 4880.

  1. Additional EAS courses at the 3000 level or higher.
  • These may include, bur are not limited to, additional courses from the above list,
    undergraduate research courses, and outdoor field courses.

Option 2:

  1. Required introductory course:
  • EAS 2200: The Earth System
  1. The Earth and Environmental Systems Field Program in Hawaii

Academic Standards

At least C– in each course in the minor and an average GPA ≥2.0 in all courses in the