Minor in Earth Science

Earth science seeks to explain how the Earth and its interconnected physical systems function.  Broad systems include rocks, tectonics, landforms, weather, and climate.  The minor addresses all of these through courses in physical geology, physical geography, landforms, weather and climate, river systems, and glacier systems.  Another course, natural hazards, is highly relevant because human activity tends to ignore the Earth’s normal, everyday processes, which then become natural hazards.  That society is largely environmentally arrogant and/or ignorant does not help. The grand experiment that humans are conducting on the atmosphere has already made some hazards worse while, at the same time, creating new ones.  The minor in Earth Science is a natural complement to the major in Environmental Studies as well as a stand-alone minor option for students interested in the field.


  • ENVI 325 Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)
  • ERTH 270 Weather and Climate (3 cr)
  • ERTH 271 Landforms (3 cr)

Choose one of the following:

  • ERTH 151 Introduction to Physical Geography (4 cr)
  • ERTH 152 Introduction to Physical Geology (4 cr)
  • ERTH 245 Natural Hazards (4 cr)

Choose two upper level ERTH courses (6 cr)