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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Sustainability

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

By the time current undergraduates send their children to college, Earth's population will have increased to more than eight billion people. One or more metropolitian areas in our increasingly crowded world will have experienced a devasting earthquake or volcanic eruption, sea level rise will be inundating low-lying coastal cities such as Jakarta along with whole island nations, energy resources will be less available and more expensive, and our climate will be warmer and characterized by more frequent extreme weather events. How we choose to plan for and attempt to mitigate these "grand challenges" will have consequences for individuals, nations, and our global socioeconomic and political systems.

Personal and collective actions are needed to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources and environmental systems-land, air, and water-in an ethical and responsible manner. The United States needs to build robust educational pathways for its citizenry to develop the global perspective, cultural sensitivity, economic wisdom, and scientific acumen to inform their actions and address these grand challenges. The geosciences (marine, Earth, and atmospheric sciences) that explain the workings of the Earth system provide critical insight into all of these challenges and, consequently, must be firmly integrated into those educational pathways. These programs seek to promote that integration through engaging the geoscience community and their collegues in allied disciplines in the development of high-quality educational materials, and mechanisms by which these materials can be effectively brought to large numbers of students.

The goal of this minor is to dramatically increase geoscience literacy of undergraduate students, including the large majority that do not major in the geosciences, and especially adult learners through the on-line program, such that they are better positioned to make sustainable decisions in their lives and as part of the broader society.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


EARTH 103(3)
EARTH 402(3)

Select 9 credits from: EARTH 104 (3), EARTH 111(3), EARTH 107(3), GEOG 3/AG 3(3)

Select 3 credits from the approved list of EMS courses. Approved courses are:
EGEE 401(3), EME 444(3), EME 460(3), GEOG 412(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 432(3), GEOG 438(3), GEOG 469(3), GEOSC 402(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 452(3), METEO 469(3)

Last Reviseed by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-03-017

Review Date: 11/15/2016


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