2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog


Earth Systems Science

The major in earth systems science is available on the BS degree. The curriculum uses a hands-on systems thinking approach while focusing on the integration of the natural sciences, data science, and modern geospatial technologies to understand and develop science-based solutions to current and future challenges of a rapidly changing earth, including areas such as climate, energy, natural hazards, natural resources, pollution control and remediation.

The degree is suitable for students interested in graduate school within a geoscience discipline, interdisciplinary sciences and academic or industry careers at the nexus of science, engineering and technology.

Administration and Advising

Each student will work closely with a faculty advisor to prepare a customized program of study with options for pursuing a general track or one of several specialized tracks in geospatial science and technology, hydrologic sciences, biogeochemistry or earth science education.

Pass/No-Credit Option

See the Bachelor's Degree Definitions and Regulations in the Bachelor's Degree section of the University requirements.

Up to (but no more than) 3 hours earned in elective courses offered only on a pass/no credit basis may be applied to meet major or minor requirements within the College of Science & Engineering. Additional hours in such courses may be used as free electives or for majors or minors in other colleges (as permitted by those colleges).