Minor Programs

The EAPS Department offers a minor in the discipline and also participates in interdepartmental minors. Degree requirements are listed below.

Minor in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The program allows for specialization in Geoscience, Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, Planetary Science and Astronomy, or Environmental Science. An EAPS minor degree complements planned degrees in civil engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, urban studies, ocean engineering, economics, aeronautics and astronautics, or applied mathematics.
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Advisor: Prof. Greg Fournier (g4nier@mit.edu)
Additional contact: Megan Jordan, Academic Administrator (mkjordan@mit.edu)


Minor in Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric Chemistry is an interdisciplinary field (with Civil and Environmental Engineering & Chemistry) that blends fundamental science with engineering and policy. It is a domain that is growing in scope, complexity, and demand, as society grapples with burgeoning global, regional, and local challenges especially those in energy and public health. If you are interested in how science can help inform the world’s future decisions, you might want to consider this minor. It might be of particular interest to those whose majors are in EAPS, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, Political Science, or Economics.
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Advisor: Prof. Susan Solomon (solos@mit.edu)

Minor in Astronomy

Joint with Physics, Course 8. The minor covers the observational and theoretical foundations of astronomy.
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Advisor: Prof. Paul Schechter (schech@achernar.mit.edu)

Minor in Energy Studies (Institute-wide)

The program "complements the deep expertise obtained in any major with a broad understanding of the interlinked realms of science, technology, and social sciences as they relate to energy and associated environmental challenges."
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Advisor: Prof. Brad Hager (bhhager@mit.edu)

Minor in Environment and Sustainability

The Environment and Sustainability Minor (E&S Minor) provides an integrative foundation in the scientific, engineering, social, and humanistic dimensions of humanity’s interaction with the environment. The minor will equip students with knowledge and experience that will make it possible to understand, diagnose, and develop solutions to complex problems faced by society as it strives for social and environmental sustainability. Students who complete the minor will be prepared to apply the principles of sustainability in diverse workplace contexts, including business/industry, government, civil society, and academia.
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Advisor: Prof. John Fernandez (fernande@mit.edu)