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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Minor in Atmospheric Science

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements ATSCIMIN

For students who are interested in meteorology, atmospheric science, the physical basis of climate science, or simply an interest in how the atmosphere works, the Minor in Atmospheric Science provides an introduction to the study of the atmosphere and its role in the Earth system. Topics include fundamentals of meteorology and climate, atmospheric flow, and energy in the Earth system.

Requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • EAS-E 105 Earth: Our Habitable Planet
    • EAS-E 116 Our Planet and Its Future
    • EAS-E 122 Earth's Dynamic Atmosphere
    • EAS-E 144 Extreme Weather and Its Impacts
  2. Physical Meteorology, Climate, or Paleoclimate. One (1) course:
    • EAS-A 315 Climate Engineering
    • EAS-A 340 Physical Meteorology and Climatology
    • EAS-A 476 Climate Change Science
  3. Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science. One (1) course:
    • EAS-A 332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Processes
    • EAS-A 364 Atmospheric Dynamics I
    • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
    • EAS-A 474 Topics in Atmospheric Science
  4. Electives. Two (2) additional courses:
    • 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 Atmospheric Dynamics I
    • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
    • EAS-A 437 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology
    • EAS-A 456 Wind Power Meteorology
    • EAS-A 466 Hydrometeorology
    • EAS-A 474 Topics in Atmospheric Science
    • EAS-A 476 Climate Change Science
  5. 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 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 Environmental Geoscience (ENGEOSCBS)
    • Certificate in Atmospheric Science (ATMSCIACRT)
    • Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EASMIN)
    • [Name unavailable] (GEOLBA)
    • [Name unavailable] (GEOLBS)
    • [Name unavailable] (GEOLSASCON)
    • [Name unavailable] (GEOLMIN)

    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.