Minor in Earth Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) no longer admits students to the minor in Earth Sciences. Students who are continuing in this minor should note the following requirements. Other students with interest in this field of study are encouraged to look into the new minor in Earth & Environmental Sciences and to visit the Department Earth & Environment website.

The minor in Earth Sciences provides students with knowledge of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, surface processes, and deep time. A minor in Earth Sciences helps prepare students for work in a variety of careers in environmental science and environmental consulting.


The minor in Earth Sciences consists of five 4-credit courses, including:

  • No more than one 100-level course (CAS ES 101, 105, 140, 142, 144, or CAS GE 104)
  • At least four courses at the 200 level or above, including at least one of CAS ES 302 or ES 351

The grades in each of these five courses must be C or higher.

All student minors develop their programs in consultation with a departmental advisor. For further information, contact Professor Lawford Anderson in the Department of Earth & Environment.

Cooperative Program (Cross-Registration) with Boston College

The Boston Area Consortium permits degree candidates at Boston University to pursue courses in areas of fluid mechanics and geophysics at Boston College. Cross-registration is designated by the abbreviations XAS (for undergraduate students) and XRG (for graduate students).

Cross-registration information can be found at the Office of the University Registrar’s Boston Area Consortia webpage.