Students at Grand Canyon

Minors in Earth & Planetary Sciences

Why minor in Earth & Planetary Sciences?

In Earth & Planetary Sciences at Washington University, we have two minors available for undergraduate students: Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Earth Sciences.

Because earth and planetary sciences have natural links with many other disciplines, a minor is an attractive option for students majoring in a variety of other fields, such as biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, mathematics, and physics. The growing national concern for the natural environment and natural resources means that a minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences is also valuable professionally to students who intend to pursue these and other fields including law and architecture.

The minor in Environmental Earth Sciences is an attractive option for students majoring in a variety of other fields. The growing national concern for the natural environment and natural resources means that an EES minor is also valuable professionally to students who intend to pursue a variety of fields. Following the philosophy of the EES major, the minor combines an interdisciplinarity with a solid grounding in earth science.

Minor Requirements

Declaring a minor

A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student at the time that the minor is declared. Minor programs must be approved by the student's minor advisor. The grades and performance policy for majors applies to all coursework required for the minor programs. The Department requirements also meet those for a minor as defined by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Earth & Planetary Sciences Minor Requirements

A minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences consists of at least 16 units of EPS courses, including EPS 201 (Earth and the Environment), 352 (Earth Materials) and 353 (Earth Forces). At least one additional EPS course numbered 300 or above, not including EPS 390 and EPS 490 (Independent Study), is required.

Environmental Earth Sciences Minor Requirements

A minor in Environmental Earth Sciences consists of 3 core courses,  EPS 201 (Earth and the Environment) , Bio 2950 (Intro to Environmental Biology), either PolSci 2010 (Intro to Environmental Policy) or Phil 235F Environmental Ethics, and at least 3 elective courses from the following list:

EPS 308 Topics in Environmental Sustainability
EPS 323 Biogeochemistry
EPS 336  Minerals and Rocks in the Environment
EPS 352 Earth Materials (5 credits, counts as 2 courses)
EPS 353 Earth Forces
EPS 385 Earth History
EPS 401 Earth Systems Science
EPS 413 Introduction to Soil Science
EPS 428 Hydrology
EPS 429 Environmental Hydrogeology
EPS 430 Environmental Mineralogy
EPS 441 Introduction to Geochemistry
EPS 444 Environmental Geochemistry
EPS 454 Exploration and Environmental Geophysics
EPS 486 Paleoclimatology

Questions about the minor?

Contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Email Professor Skemer