POLICY ON MAJORS & MINORS
Majors within the Department of the Earth Sciences are strongly encouraged to have second majors or major/minor combinations in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics or computer sciences rather than within the department. Where the same courses are required, only the lower division courses can apply to the minor. Upper division credit for the minor must be in addition to the courses aplied to the major.
The earth science minor is made up of 18 credits and must include GEL 201 Intro to Physical Geology, ESC 211 Intro to Meteorology, and ESC 222 Intro to Water Resources. The remaining 6 credits can be selected from upper division ESC and GEL courses that reflect the student's interests and career goals. For example, a student majoring in biology may complete a minor in earth science by taking Hydrology and Envrionmental Climatology in addition to the 12 specified hours. This concentration of coursework is useful in interpreting physical characteristics of habitats.
NOTE: ESC 102 may NOT be applied toward the earth science minor.
A minor in geology consists of 18 credits and must include GEL 201 Intro to Physical Geology and GEL 302 Historical Geology, plus other courses as advised.
A minor in meteorology must total 18 credits of ESC courses from among those applicable to the meteorology major. ESC 211 Intro to Meteorology (or its equivalent) and ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology must be included. Upper division courses should be selected to reflect the student's interests and career goals.
This interdisciplinary minor consists of 21 credits selected from meteorology and communications courses as follows: ESC 211 Intro to Meteorology, ESC 311 & 312 Synoptic I and II, CMC 200 Intro to Digital Audio/Video, CMC 224 Newswriting or CMC 243 Media Writing, and CMC 343 Broadcasting Announcing.
A minor in water resources consists of 19 credits, including ESC 222 Intro to Water Resources, either ESC 211 Intro to Meteorology or GEL 201 Intro to Physical Geology, and ESC 412 Hydrology as well as two of the following courses: ESC 318 Watershed Science, GEL 462 Groundwater, GEL 457 Geochemistry or GEL 415 Geomorphology.