The Minor.

The EAPS Department offers a minor in the discipline and also participates in four interdepartmental minors. To learn more about a program of study, contact the faculty advisor listed below or get in touch with the EAPS Education Office—or visit us in 54-912.

EAPS Education Director
Megan Jordan |

MINOR: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The EAPS Minor allows for specialization in Geoscience, Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, Planetary Science and Astronomy, or Environmental Science. An EAPS minor can provide practical experience applying the skills you are developing in your major field of study to problems in the natural world. Whether working with large data sets and numerical modeling or conducting experiments in the lab, a minor in EAPS complements planned degrees in civil engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, urban studies, ocean engineering, economics, aeronautics and astronautics, or applied mathematics.

Faculty Advisor   Greg Fournier |


The Environment and Sustainability Minor is an interdisciplinary minor with EAPS, MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, and the Sloan School of Management, providing an integrative foundation in the scientific, engineering, social, and humanistic dimensions of humanity’s interaction with the environment. The minor will equip you 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. 

Faculty Advisor   John Fernandez |


Atmospheric Chemistry is an interdisciplinary minor with EAPS, Civil Environmental Engineering, the Department of Chemistry, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society which 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. You will gain experience with the fundamentals of the chemistry and dynamics of the atmosphere, practical applications, and links to policy and planning.

Faculty Advisor   Susan Solomon |

MINOR: Astronomy

Offered jointly by EAPS and the Department of Physics, the minor in Astronomy spans the observational and theoretical foundations of astronomy—from theoretical analysis and modeling, to understanding instrumentation technology and making hands-on observations at Wallace Observatory. In addition to a broad understanding of observational techniques and the physics which govern the solar system and beyond, you will develop critical problem-solving skills, transferrable to any discipline as you pursue your degree and build a career.

Faculty Advisor   Paul Schechter |

MINOR: Energy Studies

Energy is a fundamentally multidisciplinary topic. Transforming the world’s energy systems requires combining expertise from numerous fields in engineering and technology, natural and social science, and policy. A diversity of disciplinary perspectives is necessary to equip students to work in this complex, evolving field.

The Energy Studies Minor for undergraduates is an Institute-wide program that complements the deep expertise obtained in any major, whether engineering or policy-oriented, with a broad understanding of the interlinked realms of science, technology, and social sciences as they relate to energy and associated environmental challenges.

Faculty Advisor   Brad Hager |