Climate Science Minor

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a minor in Climate Science available to all University students. The Climate Science minor provides an opportunity for students to complement their major field of study with foundational knowledge and essential skills in Climate Science.

Students interested in the minor should contact the Department of Earth Sciences to complete an Intent to Minor form no later then their junior year. Forms can be picked up in the Earth Sciences main office, 214 James Hall.


  • The minor consists of a minimum of five courses.
  • A grade of C- or better must be earned in each course, and an overall 2.00 grade point average must be maintained for all courses applied toward the minor.
  • Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for the minor.
  • No more than two courses (8 credits) can be used to satisfy simultaneously requirements for a student’s major and minor, or two minors.
Required Courses
ESCI 401Dynamic Earth4
or ESCI 402 Earth History
or ESCI 405 Global Environmental Change
or ESCI 409 Geology and the Environment
or ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography
ESCI 514Introduction to Climate3
Climate and Society Course 1
Complete one approved 500/600 level course. Suggested courses include:4
Environment and Society
Environmental Sociology
Global Change and Social Sustainability
There Is No Planet B
Elements of Weather
Global Landscapes and Environmental Processes
Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context
Quantitative/Statistics Course 2
Select one course from the following:4
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
Spectral Analysis of Geophysical Time Series Data
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
ESCI Climate Science Course
Select one course from the following:3-4
Landscape Evolution
Biogeosciences in the Earth System
Principles of Hydrology
Introductory Physical Oceanography
GIS for Earth & Environmental Sciences
Remote Sensing Earth & Environmental Sciences
Total Credits18-19

The course meeting the climate and society requirement should be selected in consultation with the Climate Science Minor advisor.


Students may fulfill the quantitative/statistics requirement using any approved statistics course.