Minor in Environmental Earth Sciences

This minor will provide you with an introduction to the disciplines of Earth and Environmental sciences. It provides a foundation in the physical sciences, with emphasis on processes that occur near or at the surface of Earth and the impact of human activity on such processes.

You’ll explore the geochemical, mineralogical and hydrological properties of Earth’s crust and develop an understanding of the interplay of natural processes such as mineral-water-rock-bacteria interactions, with anthropogenic issues such as transport of toxic heavy metals and safe disposal of nuclear waste.


A minor in Environmental Earth Sciences requires the completion of 14 credit hours in Earth Sciences. 

CE 20110: Planet Earth (4 credits)
EVES Elective (3 credits)
CE 45200 or CE 45300: Field Trip (1 credit)
EVES Elective (3 credits)
EVES Elective (3 credits)

Students may double-count one class plus an additional lab for their minor and major. Environmental Engineering students wishing to minor in Environmental Earth Sciences may double-count Planet Earth + Lab and Environmental Mineralogy Lab (total of 5 credits) or Environmental Mineralogy + Lab and Planet Earth Lab (total of 5 credits), and will need to take additional EVES elective courses to account for the course that is not double-counted.

EVES Elective courses include the following courses. If applicable, appropriate pre-requisites must be taken for entry into elective courses.

CE 20300 Global Change, Water & Energy
CE 20320 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
CE 30500 Geomorphology
CE 30530 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
CE 30540 Petrology of Earth Materials
CE 30560 Dynamic Earth
CE 40300 Geochemistry
CE 40320 Environmental and Aquatic Chemistry
CE 40360 Geomicrobiology
CE 40381 Environmental Isotope Geochemistry
CE 40382 Actinide Chemistry
CE 45200 Spring Field Trip (1 credit)
CE 45300 Fall Field Trip (1 credit)
CE 60310 Organic Geochemistry


For more information about the Environmental Earth Sciences Minor, please contact Prof. Jeremy Fein at fein@nd.edu.