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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:

  1. 1. Required introductory course:
  • EAS 2200: The Earth System or
    EAS 2250: 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 3040: Interior of the Earth
  • EAS 3050: Climate Dynamics
  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.

Academic Standards

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