Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences


Undergraduate Minor Programs

The Department of Earth Sciences offers two minors

  • Minor in Geology
  • Minor in Environmental Geoscience

 

Procedures for students wishing to declare a minor in either one of these programs:

Obtain the appropriate from in the department's office, 104 Pillsbury Hall. The student must take this form and a copy of his/her transcript to the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Once the program has been approved and signed by the DUGS – the pink copy stays in the department, yellow copy is for the student and the top, white copy must be submitted to the CLA Student Information Office located in 49 Johnston Hall.

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Course requirements for the Minor in Geology
(18 credits)

PREPARATORY COURSE (4 credits)
Student must take AT LEAST ONE of the following courses with a lab:

  • ESci 1001 - Earth and Its Environments
  • ESci 1011 - Volcanoes of the Earth
  • ESci 1005 - Geology and Cinema
  • ESci 1006 - Oceanography
  • ESci 1007 - From Microbes to Mammoths: History of Life on Earth

REQUIRED COURSES (for a total of 14 credits)
These courses are determined when the student meets with the Director of Undergraduate Studies

NOTES:

  • A minor in Geology shall consist of at least 14 credits of 2xxx and higher level courses.
  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies must approve the particular combination of courses.
  • Not more than 4 total credits in the minor program may consist of Directed Study, Directed Instruction, or Independent Study credits.
  • Not more than 4 credits in the minor program may be taken on a S/N basis.
  • Because of pre-requisites, students will almost certainly have to take Chem 1051.

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Course requirements for the Minor in Environmental Geoscience
(18 credits)

MANDATORY COURSE (4 credits)
Students MUST complete ONE of the following courses with a lab:

  • ESci 1001 - Earth and Its Environments
  • ESci 1007 - From Microbes to Mammoths: History of Life on Earth
  • ESci 1011 - Volcanoes of the Earth
  • ESci 2201 - Solid Earth Dynamics (*Earth Sciences majors see footnote)
  • ESci 2202 - Earth History
  • PSTL 1171 - Physical Geology

14 CREDITS MINIMUM OF 3XXX COURSES
Students choose a minimum of 14 credits from the following (3 cr each):

  • ESci 1012 - Natural Hazards and Disasters
  • ESci 3001 - Earth Materials
  • ESci 3002 - Climate Change and Human History
  • ESci 3004 - Water and Society
  • ESci 3005 - Earth Resources
  • ESci 3006 - Planets of the Solar System

SUBSTITUTIONS
With approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, appropriate higher level Earth Sciences courses or courses from other departments may be substituted.
Examples include:

  • ESci 4631W - Earth Systems: Geosphere/Biosphere Interactions
  • ESci 4701 - Geomorphology
  • ESci 4702 - General Hydrogeology
  • Anth 3041 - Ecological Anthropology
  • Econ 3611 - Environmental Economics
  • Geog 5441 - Quaternary Landscape Evolution
  • Pol 3441 - Politics of Environmental Protection
  • Soc 4305 - Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict

NOTE:
*The following restrictions apply to Earth Sciences Majors wishing to obtain the Environmental Sciences Minor:

  • Only one 3xxx level minor course can be used to fulfill the Earth Sciences elective requirement for majors.
  • With the exception of ESci 2201, no Earth Sciences courses used to fulfill degree requirements for the major can be used for the minor.