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Undergraduate Program

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The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major.  Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human interaction with natural systems.  Earth Systems majors become skilled in those areas of science, economics, and policy needed to tackle the globe‚Äôs most pressing environmental problems and sustainability challenges.


Foundation, Breadth, and Core Courses:

  • EARTHSYS 10 - Introduction to Earth Systems
  • EARTHSYS 111 - Biology and Global Change
  • EARTHSYS 112 - Human Society and Environmental Change
  • EARTHSYS 210 - Senior Capstone and Reflection; and Earth Systems Capstone Project
  • EARTHSYS 260 - Internship
  • WIM: EARTHSYS 200 or 195 (EARTHSYS 195 not offered in 2015-16)

All students must complete courses in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Please see undergraduate tracks for specific foundation and breadth requirements for each track.