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Environmental Geoscience

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand and articulate 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.

2. Understand and view the current state of, and expected changes within, the earth system in the context of past changes experienced by our planet.

3. Apply 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.

Foundation and Breadth

  • BIO 81 or BIOHOPK 81 or BIOHOPK 175H or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116 
  • CHEM 31A & 31B or CHEM 31 M
  • ECON 1
  • Geolsci 1 or Geolsci 4 or EARTHSYS 117 or EARTHSYS 128
  • MATH 19, 20, 21
  • CME 100 or MATH 51 and 52
  • PHYSICS 41 & 45 or GP 110
  • STATS: BIO 174H, or ECON 102A, or STATS 101, 110, 116, or 141, CME 106
  • ESS 164                                                                       
  • 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 191, EARTHSYS 177C, EARTHSYS 149, BIOHOPK 47, BIOHOPK 175H 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)

Track: A total of six courses are required from the Environmental Geoscience Focus Areas. 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 Course for availability and updates.

The Solid Earth (must take 2)

  • GEOLSCI 102 Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy 
  • GEOLSCI 180 Igneous Processes 
  • EARTHSYS 113                Earthquakes and Volcanoes 

Earth’s Surface (must take 2)

  • Geolsci 106             Sedimentary Geology and Depositional Systems 
  • Geolsci 112                   Geomorphology (Hilley, 3-4 units)
  • EARTHSYS 104                The Water Course 
  • ESS 224           Remote Sensing of Hydrology.
  • ESS 148           Introduction to Physical Oceanography 
  • ESS 155           Science of Soils
  • ESS 220           Physical Hydrogeology 

Evolution of Life on Earth (must take 1)

  • GEOLSCI 123 Evolution of Marine Ecosystems 
  • GEOLSCI 128 Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • GEOLSCI 135 Sedimentary Geochemistry and Analysis 
  • GEOLSCI 255 Microbial Physiology 

Resilient Earth (must take 1)

  • GEOLSCI 118X Disasters, Decisions, Development in Sustainable Urban Systems 

Electives: TWO additional course 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.