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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements EASMIN

The Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers students a flexible option to either explore the interacting systems of the solid earth and atmosphere, or focus course work in Earth sciences or Atmospheric Sciences.


The minor requires at least 16 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • EAS-E 103 Earth Science: Materials and Process
    • EAS-E 104 Evolution of the Earth
    • EAS-E 105 Earth: Our Habitable Planet
    • EAS-E 111 Journey to the Center of the Earth
    • EAS-E 112 Historical Geology
    • EAS-E 114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives
    • EAS-E 116 Our Planet and Its Future
    • EAS-E 118 Sustainability in Water Resources
    • EAS-E 121 Origin and Evolution of Mars and Rocky Planetary Bodies
    • EAS-E 122 Earth's Dynamic Atmosphere
    • EAS-E 129 Introductory Geology in the Rocky Mountains
    • EAS-E 131 Oceans and Our Global Environment
    • EAS-E 138 Geology of State and National Parks Revealed
    • EAS-E 141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
    • EAS-E 144 Extreme Weather and Its Impacts
    • EAS-E 161 Earth Resources
    • EAS-E 171 Environmental Geology in the Twenty-first Century
    • EAS-E 188 Volcanoes of the Sierra Nevada
    • EAS-E 190 The Evolving Earth
    • EAS-X 150 ASURE Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Research Lab
  2. Intermediate Course. One (1) course:
    • EAS-E 225 Earth Materials
    • EAS-E 226 Earth Processes
    • EAS-E 227 Earth Climate and History
  3. Advanced Courses.
    1. 300-Level Course. One (1) course:
      • EAS-A 315 Climate Engineering
      • EAS-A 332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Processes
      • EAS-A 339 Weather Analysis and Forecasting
      • EAS-A 340 Physical Meteorology and Climatology
      • EAS-A 347 Instrumentation for Atmospheric Science
      • EAS-A 364 Dynamic Meteorology 1
      • EAS-E 302 Development of the Global Environment
      • EAS-E 308 Paleontology and Geology of Indiana
      • EAS-E 314 Data Analysis for Earth Science
      • EAS-E 316 Mineral Fuels and Materials
      • EAS-E 322 Introduction to Petrology
      • EAS-E 323 Structural Geology
      • EAS-E 330 Human Impacts on Earth Systems: Quantifying Impacts, Designing Solutions
      • EAS-E 333 Sedimentation and Tectonics
      • EAS-E 334 Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
      • EAS-E 341 Natural History of Coral Reefs
      • EAS-E 351 Elements of Hydrology
      • EAS-E 390 Geoarchaeology
      • EAS-E 399 Reading for Honors
      • EAS-X 329 Introductory Field Experience in Environmental Science
      • EAS-X 371 Teaching Internship in Geological Sciences
      • EAS-X 377 Field Geology and Paleoanthropology at Olduvai Gorge
    2. 400-Level Course. One (1) course:
      • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
      • EAS-A 437 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology
      • EAS-A 456 Wind Power Meteorology
      • EAS-A 460 Mesoscale Meteorology
      • EAS-A 466 Hydrometeorology
      • EAS-A 474 Topics in Atmospheric Science
      • EAS-A 476 Climate Change Science
      • EAS-E 406 Introduction to Geochemistry
      • EAS-E 411 Invertebrate Paleontology
      • EAS-E 412 Introduction to Vertebrate Paleontology
      • EAS-E 415 Principles of Geomorphology
      • EAS-E 416 Economic Geology
      • EAS-E 417 Optical Mineralogy
      • EAS-E 418 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
      • EAS-E 423 Methods in Applied Geophysics
      • EAS-E 424 Geographic Information Systems Applications in Geology
      • EAS-E 426 Field Techniques in Basin Analysis
      • EAS-E 430 Environmental and Energy Diplomacy
      • EAS-E 432 Virtual Geosciences Field Camp - Northern Rocky Mountains
      • EAS-E 435 Glacial and Quaternary Geology
      • EAS-E 444 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry
      • EAS-E 448 Sustainable Energy Systems
      • EAS-E 451 Principles of Hydrogeology
      • EAS-E 454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics
      • EAS-E 470 Micrometeorology
      • EAS-E 486 Aqueous Chemistry and Modeling
      • EAS-E 488 Paleoclimatology: A Geological Record of Earth's Climate History
      • EAS-E 490 Undergraduate Seminar
      • EAS-E 491 Physical Sedimentology
      • EAS-E 499 Honors Research in Geology
      • EAS-X 420 Regional Geology Field Trip
      • EAS-X 428 Field Geology: Montana and Wyoming
      • EAS-X 429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains
      • EAS-X 479 Geology, Hydrology and Geochemistry in the Rocky Mountains
      • EAS-X 498 Undergraduate Research in Geology
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the EAS subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EASBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences (GEOLBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science (ATSCIBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science (EASCIBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Master of Science in Secondary Education (EAS-BSMSED)
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (GEOLBS)
  • Certificate in Atmospheric Science (ATMSCIACRT)
  • Minor in Geological Sciences (GEOLMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (GEOLSASCON)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (ENGEOSCBS)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (ATSCIMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.