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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 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. Seven track courses and two electives (nine total) are required for the Land Systems track. 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