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Important Information Regarding COVID-19

In light of the University’s newly released policy regarding COVID-19 -- recommending the community minimize social contact -- we encourage students to utilize virtual options when seeking support or information from the Earth Systems Program. Please contact staff via email or phone and we will be happy to assist! Latest information about the University's response to COVID-19 can be found here:

Academic Tracks

Human Environmental Systems

Focuses on human interaction with and impact on the environment. Coursework in environmental policy and economics, sustainable development, natural and human-driven change, and social entrepreneurship.


Explores biological systems and how human activities affect biological, ecological, and biogeochemical cycles. Coursework investigates ecosystems and society, conservation biology, ecology, and biogeochemistry.

Energy, Science & Technology

Investigates renewable and depletable energy resources, technology options for improved efficiency, and policy solutions to energy challenges.

Land Systems

Examines terrestrial ecology, land use, and land change driven by human activities and addressed by governmental policy. Students develop expertise in a focus area of land, water, or urban planning.

Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Focuses on local and global food and agricultural systems. Students gain a breadth of knowledge on these issues through study in food and society, climate and agriculture, the science of soils, world food economy, and principles and practices of sustainable agriculture. 

Oceans, Atmosphere and Climate

Builds understanding of ocean systems through a focus on ocean physics, marine biology and chemistry, and remote sensing. A required and seminal track experience is a quarter away at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford in Australia, or Stanford@SEA.

Environmental Geoscience

Understands and articulates the ways in which Earth’s interior and surface operate, and how these systems are connected to one another and inextricably bound to the evolution of life and current human activities. Applies understanding of earth and human systems to develop workable, scientifically based, human-centered solutions to building resilience to natural hazards, and our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.