Science of the Earth System (SES) Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability, Science of the Earth System Concentration


Minimum required major and supporting courses equate to 48-58 hours.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

All students wishing to attend graduate school in any field should discuss necessary supplementary course work with their advisor as early as possible.

Twelve hours of 300- or 400-level courses must be taken on this campus.

Substitutions may be made with advisor approval.

A Major Plan of Study form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Study abroad courses may be substituted for major and minor requirements with approval of advisor.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction: Students who maintain grade point averages of at least 3.3 in all courses within the major and who undertake a faculty-guided individual research project for credit in the major are recommended for graduation with distinction.

ESE Core Requirements:

ESES Introductory Core: Students take one approved introductory or advanced course from at least four of the following five areas. Approved courses within these areas are available from the ESE advisor 112-14
Environment and the Human Response
Sustainability, Policy, and Global Change
Earth’s Physical Systems, Resources, and Hazards
Visualizing the Earth System
Earth’s Biosphere and Ecology
ESE coursework6
Intro to GIS Systems
Earth Systems
Advanced Courses 15-20
A minimum of five 300- and 400-level courses, from the approved list and in an academically coherent program approved by the advisor, are required. At least three of these five advanced courses must be listed or cross-listed as an ESE or ENSU course. Courses taken to satisfy the “ESE Introductory Core” requirement cannot simultaneously be used to satisfy the Advanced Course requirement. These courses should be used to help meet the LAS requirement of 21 hours of 300- or 400-level courses overall, and the 12 hours of 300- or 400- level courses in the major. It is strongly recommended that students complete the LAS requirement with 21 hours of 300- or 400-level courses related to the ESE curriculum.

Science of the Earth System Concentration Requirements:

Cognate Course Work 15-18
General Chemistry I
Accelerated Chemistry I
General Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
Calculus I
College Physics: Mech & Heat
University Physics: Mechanics
Highly recommended: ECON 102