Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a minor with seven different tracks. These specific tracks are designed to give non-majors a background in the environmental and global change issues that face the world. This background both allows a broader exposure and gives a strategic background for many careers. The seven tracks are:

  • Climate Change
  • Earth System Physics
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Ocean Sciences

Program of Study - Climate Change Track

The EAS minor with a Climate Change track is for students in majors outside of EAS who have an interest in understanding Climate Change and Issues surrounding it. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 credit hours, of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
EAS 2750Physics of the Weather,Physics Of The Weather3
EAS 4410Climate and Global Change3
Electives
Select three electives with a minimum of 3 credit hours from each of the following areas:9
EAS Electives
Electives
Total Credit Hours15

EAS Electives

EAS 3110Energy, Environment, and Society3
EAS 3620Geochemistry4
EAS 4350Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography3
EAS 4655Atmospheric Dynamics3
EAS 4656Atmospheric Dynamics Practicum1
EAS 4670Atmospheric Dynamics II3
EAS 4699Undergraduate Research 13
EAS 4740Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory3
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

Approved Electives

ECON 2101The Global Economy3
ECON 4440Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment3
PUBP 3315Environmental Policy and Politics3

Program of Study - Earth System Physics

The EAS minor with an Earth System Physics track is for students in majors outside of EAS interested in applying physical and mathematical principles to environmental problems. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 semester hours, of which at least 9 semester hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
EAS 3610Introduction to Geophysics3
EAS 4655Atmospheric Dynamics3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Physics of the Weather,Physics Of The Weather
Thermodynamics of Earth Systems
Geodynamics
Physical Volcanology
Space Physics and Space Instrumentation
Physics of Planets
Climate and Global Change
Synoptic Meteorology
Large-scale Atmospheric Circulations
Undergraduate Research 1
Total Credit Hours15
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

Program of Study - Environmental Chemistry

The EAS minor with an Environmental Chemistry track is for students in majors outside of EAS that seek to understand and address environmental problems within the context of chemical systems. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 credit hours, of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
EAS 3620Geochemistry4
EAS 4740Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory3
Electives
Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
Energy, Environment, and Society
Environmental Field Methods
Biogeochemical Cycles
Earth System Modeling
Undergraduate Research 1
Groundwater Hydrology
Total Credit Hours15
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

Program of Study - Environmental Science

The EAS minor with an Environmental Science track is for students in majors outside of EAS who have an interest in understanding the Environment and Issues surrounding it. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 credit hours, of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Course
EAS 1600Introduction to Environmental Science4
or EAS 1601 Habitable Planet
Electives
Select 11 credit hours from the following:11
Earth Processes
Physics of the Weather,Physics Of The Weather
Energy, Environment, and Society
Geochemistry
Climate and Global Change
Environmental Field Methods
Introduction to Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
Undergraduate Research 1
Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
Total Credit Hours15
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

Program of Study - Geophysics

The EAS minor with a Geophysics track is for students in majors outside of EAS majoring in science and engineering. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 credit hours, of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
EAS 2600Earth Processes4
EAS 3610Introduction to Geophysics3
Electives
Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
Geodynamics
Seismology
Physical Volcanology
Space Physics and Space Instrumentation
Physics of Planets
Undergraduate Research 1
Groundwater Hydrology
Total Credit Hours15
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

Program of Study - Meteorology

The EAS minor with a Meteorology track is for students in majors outside of EAS majoring in science and engineering. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 credit hours, of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
EAS 2551Introduction to Meteorological Analysis1
EAS 2750Physics of the Weather,Physics Of The Weather3
EAS 4655Atmospheric Dynamics3
Electives
Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
Thermodynamics of Earth Systems
Climate and Global Change
Synoptic Meteorology
Satellite and Radar Meteorology
Large-scale Atmospheric Circulations
Environmental Data Analysis
Earth System Modeling
Atmospheric Dynamics Practicum
Atmospheric Dynamics II
Undergraduate Research 1
Total Credit Hours15
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

Program of Study - Ocean Sciences

The EAS minor with an Ocean Sciences track is for students in majors outside of EAS majoring in Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Prerequisites required for some of the classes listed below. This minor must comprise at least 15 credit hours, of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
EAS 4300Introduction to Physical and Chemical Oceanography3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Environmental Science
Habitable Planet
Earth Processes
Electives
Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
Geochemistry
Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
Climate and Global Change
Environmental Field Methods
Environmental Data Analysis
Earth System Modeling
Atmospheric Dynamics
Undergraduate Research 1
Biological Oceanography
Marine Ecology
Total Credit Hours15
1

A maximum of 3 credit hours of EAS 4699 may be included in the EAS minor program.

  1. All courses counting toward the minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis and must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better.
  2. A maximum of 3 credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor. This includes courses taken at another institution or credit earned through the AP or IB program, assuming the scores meet Georgia Tech minimum standards.
  3. It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor.