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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 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:
    • Any EAS-A 100–199
    • Any EAS-E 100–199
    • Any EAS-X 100–199
  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:
      • Any EAS-A 300–399
      • Any EAS-E 300–399
      • Any EAS-X 300–399
    2. 400-Level Course. One (1) course:
      • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
      • EAS-A 437 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology
      • EAS-A 445 Climate Dynamics
      • 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-A 476 Climate Change Science
      • EAS-A 477 Current and Future Trends in Extreme Weather
      • 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 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 Geosciences
  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 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 Atmospheric Science (ATSCIMIN)
  • [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.