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The minor in Earth Sciences encompasses a broad, interdisciplinary scientific study of the origin and evolution of the Earth system and its life forms. You'll be exposed to Earth system processes and problems, environmental problems, and training in problem-solving skills.

Earth Sciences explore the physical and chemical processes of the Earth, focusing on the interactions across the four main branches of study:

  1. The lithosphere
  2. The hydrosphere (fresh water and the oceans)
  3. The atmosphere
  4. The biosphere

The Earth Sciences minor embraces a wide range of topics, including:

  • Earth-surface processes
  • The behavior of oceans and atmosphere
  • Geologic disasters
  • Sustainable energy
  • Remote sensing of the Earth
  • Impact of humans on the environment

Earth Sciences Minor Requirements