Earth Systems Major
The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in conjunction with natural changes in the Earth system. Earth Systems majors become skilled in those areas of science, economics, and policy needed to tackle the world’s most pressing social-environmental problems and sustainability challenges.
Choose one of seven academic tracks
To find out more about specific requirements for each track, select a track below.
- EARTHSYS 10 - Introduction to Earth Systems
- EARTHSYS 111 - Biology and Global Change
- EARTHSYS 112 - Human Society and Environmental Change
- EARTHSYS 210 A/B - Senior Capstone and Reflection
- EARTHSYS 210P - Earth Systems Capstone Project
- EARTHSYS 260 - Internship
- EARTHSYS 200 - WIM course (Refer to Track Sheets)
- Environmental Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights (Refer to Track Sheets)
The program expects majors to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes serve as benchmarks for evaluating students and the program's undergraduate degree. Students are expected to:
- demonstrate knowledge of foundational skills and concepts in order to advance the interdisciplinary study of the environment.
- demonstrate the ability to analyze, integrate and apply relevant science and policy perspectives to social-environmental problems.
- demonstrate the ability to communicate complex concepts and data relevant to social-environmental problems and questions to expert and non-expert audiences.