Effective Winter 2012 (course list update)

May be elected as a departmental major

Earth Systems Science is a departmental major designed to prepare students for graduate study in the Earth Sciences and for later professional work. This program of study is conducted in cooperation with the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science in the College of Engineering.

Each student concentrating in Earth Systems Science may choose one of three options in which to specialize: Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, or Biogeochemistry. To ensure the breadth required by the science of the Earth's natural systems, each student must complete a minimum of ten courses distributed as follows:

  1. Four core courses [MATH 216 and EARTH 320, 321, 409).
  2. One class from each of the options, not included in (1).
  3. At least three additional courses [not included in (1) and (2)] from any one of the options.

Prerequisites (should be completed as soon as possible):

  1. Three semesters of mathematics, ordinarily MATH 115, 116, 214 or 215.
  2. One year of introductory physics with laboratory, ordinarily PHYSICS 140, 141, 240 and 241.
  3. One semester of introductory chemistry with laboratory, either CHEM 125 and 130 or CHEM 210 and 211.
  4. At least one introductory course selected from EARTH 119 & 118, 116, 120, EARTH 171/AOSS 171, EARTH 201, 222/223, 284 & 118, AOSS 202, BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.

Core courses: MATH 216, EARTH 320, 321, and 409.

Earth Science Option

choose among:

  • ENVIRON 325, 341, 344, 380, 442, 479;
  • EARTH 325, 341, 344, 380, 420, 421, 422, 442, 443, 446, 449, 452, 472, 477, 483.

Atmospheric Science Option

choose among:

  • AOSS 323, 350, 370, 380, 401, 411, 414, 420, 422, 440, 451, 475;
  • ENSCEN 451, 475;
  • EARTH 323, 350, 370, 381, 401, 411, 414, 423, 446, 454, 457, 475.

Biogeochemistry Option

choose among:

  • AOSS 467;
  • BIOLOGY 445;
  • CHEM 467;
  • EEB 381, 445, 489;
  • ENSCEN 467;
  • ENVIRON 325, 381, 430, 435, 441, 467;
  • EARTH 325, 445, 465, 473, 478, 479.
  • NRE 430, 435, 441

Honors in Geological Sciences


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