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Land Systems

Foundations & Breadth:

BIO 41 or BIO 43 or BIO 43H or BIO 101 or EARTHSYS 30 (previously EARTHSYS 5)                 or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116
CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
GES 1A, B, or C or GES 4 or EARTHSYS 117
MATH 19, 20, 21 or 41, 42
MATH 51 or CME 100
Statistics: BIO 174H or BIO 202 or ECON 102A or STATS 110 or 116 or 141
EARTHSYS 210A, B, or C (Senior Seminar)
EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
WIM: EARTHSYS 195, EARTHSYS 200, 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/C, 195/200)


A total of 7 courses are required from the Land Systems focus areas. Concentrating courses in a single focus area below will allow students to deepen their understanding of the chosen system. For breadth considerations, students are required to take a minimum of one course from each focus area. All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade.

Land Ecosystems:

BIO 144/HUMBIO 112: Conservation Biology: A Latin American Perspective
EARTHSYS 155: Science of Soils
EARTHSYS 156: Soil and Water Chemistry
BIO 216: Terrestrial Biogeochemistry


CEE 101B: Fluid Mechanics (Prerequisite for CEE 166A)
CEE 166A: Watersheds and Wetlands (prerequisite for 166B)
CEE 166B: Floods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts
CEE 177: Aquatic Chemistry and Biology
GEOPHYS 190: Near-Surface Geophysics
GES 130: Soil Physics and Hydrology

Land Use:

ECON 106: World Food Economy
URBANST 110: Introduction to Urban Studies
URBANST 113: Introduction to Urban Design
URBANST 163: Land Use Control
URBANST 171: Urban Design Studio
CEE 115: Goals and Methods of Sustainable Building Projects
CEE 124: Sustainable Development Studio (must be taken for at least 3 units)
CEE 176A: Energy Efficient Building Design
EARTHSYS 181: Urban Agriculture in the Developing World


EARTHSYS 144: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)
EARTHSYS 142: Remote Sensing of Land
EARTHSYS 211: Fundamentals of Modeling

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.

Track Updated 8/2014