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Earth Systems

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School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in interaction with natural changes in the Earth system.

What You'll Study

The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in interaction with natural changes in the Earth system. Earth Systems majors become skilled in those areas of science, economics, and policy needed to tackle the globe's most pressing environmental problems, becoming part of a generation of scientists, professionals, and citizens who approach and solve problems in a systematic, interdisciplinary way.

For students to be effective contributors to solutions for such problems, their training and understanding must be both broad and deep. To this end, Earth Systems students take courses in the fundamentals of biology, calculus, chemistry, geology, and physics, as well as economics, policy, and statistics. After completing breadth training, they concentrate on advanced work in one of six focus areas: biosphere, energy, environmental economics and policy, land systems, sustainable food and agriculture, or oceanography. Earth Systems students also complete a 9-unit (270-hour) internship. The internship provides a hands-on academic experience working on a supervised field, laboratory, government, or private sector project.

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Exploratory Courses

EARTHSYS 10

Introduction to Earth Systems

EARTHSYS 104

The Water Course (EARTHSYS 204, GEOPHYS 104, GEOPHYS 204)

EARTHSYS 105A

Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (BIO 105A)

EARTHSYS 105B

Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (BIO 105B)

EARTHSYS 125

Shades of Green: Exploring and Expanding Environmental Justice in Practice (CSRE 125E, EARTHSYS 225, URBANST 125)

EARTHSYS 144

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) (ESS 164)

EARTHSYS 155

Science of Soils (ESS 155)

EARTHSYS 160

Sustainable Cities (URBANST 164)

EARTHSYS 185

Feeding Nine Billion

EARTHSYS 41N

The Global Warming Paradox

EARTHSYS 46N

Exploring the Critical Interface between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough (ESS 46N)