Students in this 18-credit minor will develop a core appreciation for the Earth system and global changes. You can elect additional and supporting course work based on your area of interest, which may cover a wide range of topics including dangers to our water supply, impacts of overcrowded coastal regions, human use of the environment, natural disasters, global warming, and energy policy.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Course List - Undergraduate Minor in Earth And Sustainability

Prescribed Courses (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

The Earth System and Global Change
or
Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century

EARTH 002
or
EARTH 103
An interdisciplinary introduction to the processes, interactions and evolution of the Earth's biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere.
or
Climate predictions for the coming century are utilized to examine potential impacts on regions, sectors of society, and natural ecosystems.
3 credits
Modeling the Earth System (Capstone) EARTH 402

Modeling Earth systems with a focus on the climate system, including the economic and policy aspects of energy and carbon emissions.

Prerequisite: MATH 140 or MATH 110 or MATH 083 ; CHEM 110

3 credits
Additional Courses (Select 9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Energy, Environment and Our Future EARTH 104 This course presents the past, present, and possible future response of Earth's climate to human energy use. 3 credits
Water: Science and Society EARTH 111 Investigation of water behavior and occurrence, its relevance to life, human activities, politics, and society. 3 credits
Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society EARTH 107 Processes responsible for formation, diversity, and evolution of coastal landscapes; socioeconomic and policy responses to changes in coastal regions. 3 credits
Food and the Future Environment GEOG 3N Introduces students to the multiple connections of people and the environment through the dynamics of food and the places where it is produced, processed, and consumed. 3 credits
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Energy in a Changing World EGEE 401 Energy is in transition, with increased international energy demand and increasing environmental pressures. Energy transitions, approaches, and outcomes are addressed.

Prerequisite: EGEE 101 or EGEE 102 or CHEM 112
Global Energy Enterprise EME 444 Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches and externalities involved in satisfying worldwide energy demand profitably and sustainably.

Prerequisite: ECON 004 or equivalent, EGEE 102, EGEE 120
3 credits
Geo-Resource Evaluation and Investment Analysis EME 460 The course covers engineering evaluation of geo-resources, present value and rate of return analysis, mineral property and reserve estimation, and cost estimation and engineering economy concepts applied to geo-resources including energy and minerals.

Prerequisite: 5th semester or higher  
3 credits
Human Use of Environment GEOG 430 The human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world; development of environmental policy and management strategies.

Prerequisite: GEOG 010 or GEOG 020 or GEOG 030 or GEOG 040 or GEOG 130 or permission of the program
3 credits
Geography of Water Resources GEOG 431 Perspectives on water as a resource and hazard for human society; water resource issues in environmental and regional planning.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography or natural sciences
3 credits
Energy Policy GEOG 432 Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives.

Prerequisite: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490
3 credits
Human Dimensions of Global Warming GEOG 438 Human dimensions of climate change: human causes, human consequences, and policy implications of global warming.

Prerequisite: EARTH 002, GEOG 010 or METEO 003; GEOG 030
3 credits
Energy Industry Applications of GIS GEOG 469 Roles of geographic information systems in energy siting decisions focusing on electric energy transmission networks.

Prerequisite: GEOG 030, EGEE 102, EME 444
3 credits
Natural Disasters GEOSC 402 Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions.

Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  
3 credits
From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming METEO 469 Examination of global warming and climate change: the basic science, projects, impacts, and approaches to mitigation.

Prerequisite: STAT 200 or MATH 110 or MATH 140
3 credits

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