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College of Science

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Special Programs and Opportunities

Summer Field Experience

Earth science majors must take a four- to six-week summer field experience. The experience brings together the various solid earth courses and helps students make the transition from classroom scholar to field-based geologist. Through the experience, they gain an appreciation of the problems professional scientists encounter.

Students generally find it easier to comprehend the subject matter of subsequent courses as a result of the summer field experience, which they are encouraged to attend between the junior and senior years.

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Minor

Students who wish to complement their major area of study with coursework in the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences may be interested in the department’s minor program.

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Minor Course Requirements 17 credits
EAS 11100 (Physical Geology) (3 cr.) or EAS 10900 (The Dynamic Earth) (3 cr.). 3 cr.
EAS 22100 (Survey of Atmospheric Science) (3 cr.) or EAS 22500 (Science of the Atmosphere) (3 cr.). 3 cr.
EAS 23000 (Laboratory in Atmospheric Science) (1 cr.). 1 cr.
Ten additional credits selected from any 20000-level or above EAS courses. One 10000-level EAS course may be used to meet this requirement. 10 cr.
Note: EAS 11100 (Physical Geology) (3 cr.) and EAS 11200 (Earth through
Time) (3 cr.) are an approved laboratory sequence for the College of Science
core requirements.