This minor is available to help prepare for careers in the field of Geoscience.
|Minor Requirements (20 credits)|
|INENST-201||Earth Cycles & Systems||4|
|INENST-303||Life Sustainability in Earths History||4|
|Select three of the following electives:||12|
|Introduction to Planetary Astronomy|
|Geoscience Issues and Society|
|Apocalypse Science and Society|
|Earths Climate: Past & Future|
|Mapping Nature With GIS|
|Freshwater Science and Systems|
**Please note some courses have prerequisites.
Upon completion of the Geoscience minor students will have:
- Made observations of a rock’s texture, mineralogy, and structure, and from these facts make inferences about the rock’s history and mode of origin, as well as its significance to understanding the larger processes acting within the Earth or on the Earth’s surface.
- Made observations of landscape features in the field and on maps and other imagery and infer the processes acting to shape that landscape, as well as their significance to understanding the larger processes of the Earth system.
- Utilized topographic maps to visualize Earth’s features, demonstrating an understanding of map projections, map scale, map orientation, and utilizing coordinate systems for plotting of map locations.
- Described the Scientific Theory of Plate Tectonics, provide evidence in its support, and apply it to understanding landform development and the distribution of various resources.
- Demonstrated comprehension of the scale of geologic time, and the rates of changes in the Earth system.
- Identified major events in the history of the Earth and describe their impacts on the Earth’s surface, the oceans, the atmosphere, and life.
- Described the Earth’s energy balance (Earth-Sun relationship) and energy re-distribution systems (global atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns, and resulting climate zones, in turn determining of weathering regimes, hydrologic activity, soil types, and biomes).
- Described the Earth as a dynamic system of solid, liquid, gaseous and living components, connected through the cycling of matter and energy, including the concepts of dynamic equilibrium and feedback loops.
- Used data to model Earth Systems and predict the response of system components to disturbance, applying the concepts of dynamic equilibrium and feedback loops.
- Critiqued geoscience-related news stories from a scientific perspective.
- Evaluated human impact on the Earth system.
- Practiced how science works via inquiry, observation, verification, reason and critical thinking.
- Prepared and interpret visual presentations (maps, graphs, etc…) of relevant earth science data.