Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    
    Feb 27, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Minors


Offered by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Contact: 2102A Snee Hall, (607) 255-5466

A minor is a secondary area of interest that often complements a major and allows grouping of related electives in a meaningful way. Students typically need four to six courses to fulfill the requirements for a minor. EAS offers three undergraduate minor programs.

2. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Minor


A minor in Earth and atmospheric sciences is available to all undergraduates except those majoring in earth and atmospheric sciences. The minor requirements are as follows:

3. Climate Change Minor


Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and dozens of courses at Cornell explore the many facets of a warming world—from impacts on farming and food, to the causes of climate change, from the potential of sustainable energy to replace fossil fuels, to the slow response of governments worldwide. The climate change minor gives students the opportunity to explore climate change from varied disciplinary perspectives while gaining a firm grounding in the basic physical, ecological, and social science as well as its interactions with history, philosophy and the arts. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the minor is available to all Cornell undergraduates.

The minor is offered collaboratively with classes across campus coordinated by Peter Hess (BEE/CALS), Christy Goodale (EEB/A+S), Natalie Mahowald (EAS/ENG),  and Karen Pinkus (COML/A+S). This coordinating committee can add or subtract courses from this list, based on proposals by professors or students. The minor is administered by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

During your final semester (or earlier if you have already completed your minor requirements), you should submit a completed climate change minor certification form to Annmarie Card in 2102A Snee Hall for approval. We have an email list with special events for climate change minors, so please email us to put your name on the list. Please contact Annmarie Card with any questions about the minor certification process and to obtain the climate change minor certification form.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the physical mechanisms that underlie climate change and the drivers of uncertainty in the future climate projections.
  2. Recognize how climate forces changes in ecosystems and agriculture, and how these can further amplify or mitigate climate change forcings.
  3. Explain how humans interact with climate change, including historical, social science perspectives, mitigation and/or adaptation solutions.
  4. Synthesize and communicate the multi-disciplinary complexities and uncertainties in the possible solutions to climate change.

Contacts:

    Curricular topics: Natalie Mahowald (nmm63@cornell.edu)
    Administration: Annmarie Card  (ac2666@cornell.edu)

Minor Requirements


Many courses across Cornell deal with the multi-facets of climate change. The minor is structured such that students without prerequisites can obtain the minor, thus enabling students from most any major at Cornell to obtain the minor.

This minor requires that students complete at least 18 credits of appropriate coursework as follows:

1. BEE 2000 Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge (1 credit spring seminar consisting of public lectures on climate change)

2. At least one course in each of the following categories:

    Category 1: Physical Science Behind Climate Change
    Category 2: Ecosystems and Climate Change
    Category 3: Humans and Climate Change

3. Additional courses to meet the 18 credit requirement, chosen from the broad list (Categories 1-4) below.

Only one course at the 1000 level can count for the minor, and at least 12 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher.

Note: Students enrolled before Fall 2022 can use the old minor requirements including courses.

Note:


Students should pay close attention to prerequisite information for all courses listed above.

If a student would like a new course to be considered for the minor, they should email Professor Natalie Mahowald (nmm63@cornell.edu) and Annmarie Card (ac2666@cornell.edu) with the course syllabus and a statement from the instructor indicating that at least 30% of the course content is about climate change. Only Cornell classes, and some transfer classes, count towards the minor. AP credit cannot be used towards the minor. No more than 3 unstructured credits can count towards the minor.

Academic Standards


At least C- in courses taken for a letter grade, or, for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses, Satisfactory.