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Land Systems

Foundations & Breadth:

BIO 41 or BIO 43 or BIO 43H or BIO 101 or EARTHSYS 30 or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or
    EARTHSYS 116
CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
GS 1A, B, or C or GS 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 Capstone & Reflection)
EARTHSYS 210P (Capstone Project)
EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
WIM: 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, 200)


A total of seven 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. In addition, two electives are required for this track. All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade (nine courses total).

Land Ecosystems:

BIO 144/HUMBIO 112: Conservation Biology: A Latin American Perspective
BIO 216: Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
EARTHSYS 155: Science of Soils
EARTHSYS 156: Soil and Water Chemistry
OSPSANTG 58: Living Chile: A Land of Extremes


CEE 101B: Mechanics of Fluid (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
GS 130: Soil Physics and Hydrology

Land Use:

ECON 106: World Food Economy
EARTHSYS 181: Urban Agriculture in the Developing World
EARTHSYS 185: Feeding Nine Billion
CEE 124: Sustainable Development Studio (must be taken for at least 3 units)
CEE 176A: Energy Efficient Building Design
URBANST 110: Introduction to Urban Studies
URBANST 113: Introduction to Urban Design
URBANST 163: Land Use Control
URBANST 171: Urban Design Studio


EARTHSYS 144: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)
EARTHSYS 142: Remote Sensing of Land
EARTHSYS 211: Fundamentals of Modeling
HISTORY 401A: Spatial History: Concepts, Methods, Problems

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 8/2015