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Human Environmental Systems (formerly Anthrosphere)

Learning Objectives

1. Apply knowledge of fundamental physical and biological Earth system processes to analyze how human decisions shape environmental outcomes.

2. Apply fundamental principles and frameworks from the social sciences to analyze and understand (a) how humans make environmentally relevant decisions, and (b) how environmental changes shape human outcomes.

Foundation & Breadth

  • BIO 81 or BIOHOPK 81 or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116
  • ECON 1, 50
  • ECON 155
  • GEOLSCI 1 or GEOLSCI 4 or EARTHSYS 117 or EARTHSYS 128
  • MATH 19, 20, 21 
  • MATH 51 or CME 100
  • CS 106A
  • CS 106B or ECON 102B
  • STATS: BIO 174H or ECON 102A or STATS 101 or STATS 110 or 116 or 141 (econometrics strongly recommended) or CME 106
  • EARTHSYS 10
  • EARTHSYS 111 
  • EARTHSYS 112
  • EARTHSYS 210 A or B (Senior Capstone & Reflection)
  • EARTHSYS 210P (Capstone Project) or Honors Thesis
  • EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
  • WIM: EARTHSYS 200, EARTHSYS 191, EARTHSYS 177C, EARTHSYS 149, BIOHOPK 47, or another designated WIM course in a related department- must be approved by an advisor. Your WIM course may not also count towards your track or electives, if counted as a WIM.                                                                                                                             

(These courses must be taken for a letter grade: EARTHSYS 10, 111, 112, 210 A/B, WIM)

(These courses must be taken for a letter grade: EARTHSYS 10, 111, 112, 210 A/B, WIM) 

Track

Choose at least one course in each of the three sub-categories, total six required; at least one of the six must be a skills/methods course marked with *. In addition, two electives are required for this track. All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade (eight courses total). Check Explore Courses for availability and updates. 

Economics, Policy, and Sustainable Development

  • ANTHRO 164
  • CEE 175A
  • ECON 51
  • ECON 102B*
  • ECON 106*
  • ECON 118
  • ECON 121*
  • ECON 150
  • ECON 159
  • EARTHSYS 136
  • EARTHSYS 243
  • ESS 268*
  • INTNLREL 135A
  • IPS 270
  • LAW 2504
  • MS&E 243
  • MS&E 294
  • MS&E 295     


Human Behavior and Adaption:

  • ANTHRO 116B
  • ANTHRO 166
  • CEE 124
  • CEE 126A
  • CEE 126B
  • CEE 226
  • EARTHSYS 114/214
  • EARTHSYS 138
  • EARTHSYS 185
  • ESS 360
  • ECON 106*
  • ECON 118
  • ESS 114/214
  • ESS 185
  • HUMBIO 118
  • OSPSANTG 29
  • POLISCI 124A
  • URBANST 107
  • URBANST 163
  • URBANST 164
  • URBANST 183

Data Science and Analysis

  • CS 102
  • CS 106B
  • CS 124
  • ECON 102B*
  • EARTHSYS 141*
  • EARTHSYS 142*
  • EARTHSYS 144*
  • EARTHSYS 162
  • ENERGY 240
  • ESS 165*
  • ESS 214*
  • ESS 268*
  • MS&E 231S
  • STAT 216

Electives

TWO additional courses at the 100-level or above are required. Electives allow students to personalize their Earth Systems curriculum by pursuing higher-level courses offered in their focus area, or by incorporating new academic perspectives. Each must be a minimum of 3 units.